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Do school leaders have a shelf life? Career stages and headteacher performance

Earley, P; Weindling, D; (2007) Do school leaders have a shelf life? Career stages and headteacher performance. Educational Management Administration and Leadership , 35 (1) pp. 73-88. 10.1177/1741143207071386. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores several issues about school leaders, career stages and performance. It draws upon various pieces of research, including the longitudinal study of secondary headteachers which began in the early 1980s at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), to raise some key issues about headteachers' careers, the various stages of headship, and the relationship between length of tenure and school leader performance. The article concludes with some thoughts regarding the future of headship and what needs to be done to ensure that the quality of leadership remains as good as it should be. If leadership at the apex of organisations is as crucial as all the research and inspection evidence suggests, then what needs to be done to ensure a longer 'shelf life' for school leaders and is the notion of a limited or fixed-term contract worth revisiting? © 2007 BELMAS.

Type: Article
Title: Do school leaders have a shelf life? Career stages and headteacher performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1741143207071386
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/1533367
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