What makes an effective headteacher?: A study to determine the qualities and experience that enable a headteacher to effectively manage and lead a South Wales primary schooll.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This case study research of an Excellent Primary School Headteacher (Headteacher X) in South Wales was carried out over a four month period. The research aimed to highlight the qualities and experiences that enable a Headteacher to carry out their role so effectively. This information could subsequently be used to inform and improve the practice of current and aspiring school leaders. Data was collected as follows: an interview with the Headteacher and interviews with other effective Headteachers, an observation of a Senior Leadership meeting, diary extracts of a Senior Leader, staff questionnaires and analysis of the most recent School Inspection Report. The research found that all of the effective Headteachers had at least 5 years of experience of Senior Leadership before gaining headship. They had all believed that working for an effective Headteacher previously had improved their practice. All spoke of an inner drive, which led them to headship and of their need to help others. All advocated having core values and principles, which were up held no matter what. The research found that Headteacher X was a strategic thinker; ensuring that the school was managed effectively through simple purposeful systems and effective distributed leadership. Head teacher X led the school effectively by having excellent relationships with staff. Headteacher X provided staff with challenge, honesty and inspiration. Headteacher X had a wealth of knowledge of the practice within the school and of the education world outside of the school. Headteacher X constantly demanded high standards of pupils and staff and clearly communicated expectations and vision.
MA Education - Dissertation
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