Assisting first-time headteachers make the transition to formal leadership, this resource provides essential support and encouragement to help them fulfill their potential as educational leaders.
Chapter 1: The Nature of Headship
The Nature of Headship
So, you want to become an effective headteacher? Well, you face a challenge because as things stand we do not actually have a definition of what one looks like. Yes, we have aspirational models provided through images, metaphors and real-life practitioners and we even have published standards across the world that specify the tasks and personal qualities associated with formal school leadership, but none of these can be universally applied as each headship is unique. Headteachers are appointed to a school as well as to a system and the particular circumstances of that school are a major determinant of what an effective headteacher looks like as the role is context bound. Furthermore, headteachers occupy a key position in ...