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Taking over the Controls: A Case Study of Headteacher Internship in England

Wright, N; Male, T; (2007) Taking over the Controls: A Case Study of Headteacher Internship in England. Canterbury Educational Services: Nottingham, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Early in 2006 the headteacher and governors of a secondary school in England asked the Deputy to become Acting Headteacher for a short period of the year in order to assess the implications for leadership learning. The plan was to switch jobs for a period of four weeks in order to explore the potential of guided action learning for leadership development. This study records the events and perceptions of the main actors in this job change and reports on the implications of this approach to leadership learning for both the incumbent headteacher and the school. The conclusions draw on a range of data accumulated before, during and after the period when roles were switched, including personal diaries maintained by the headteacher and deputy and extensive interviews with each of the principal participants. The outcomes of the project were advanced leadership learning by both the headteacher and the deputy who was the intern and an increased understanding of the dynamics of senior leadership structures, particularly with reference to the notion of distributed leadership. As a consequence the enquiry is able to frame recommendations that would enhance headteacher preparation.

Type: Report
Title: Taking over the Controls: A Case Study of Headteacher Internship in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://canteduserv.com/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Education, Leadership, Headteacher, School, Internship
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472988
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