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Drawing together current thinking and research by leading writers in the field, Educational Leadership will help you to understand and critically analyze key strategic aspects of educational leadership, including: leadership perspectives and values; external and internal contexts; autonomy and accountability; partnership and collaboration; leading strategy and change

The book explores major challenges for educational leaders in managing the increasingly permeable boundary between educational organizations and their external contexts, and reconciling environmental expectations and internal priorities. It will encourage you to positively problematize the field and reflect on current debates and issues.

This book is an essential resource for providers and students of graduate courses in educational leadership and management, as well as those involved in undertaking professional development programs. It will also serve the reflective practitioner as personal reference when occupying or aspiring towards leadership roles in schools, colleges and other educational organizations.

Stories of Compliance and Subversion in a Prescriptive Policy Environment
Stories of compliance and subversion in a prescriptive policy environment

The 12 English headteachers, six primary, six secondary, whose interviews are the source of this chapter, had all signed up to The Learning How to Learn Project.1 […]

Interviews with the headteachers were structured around their learning agenda at pupil, teacher and organizational levels, setting these within the current policy context. […]

In examining the [interview] transcripts reference to external authorities was chosen as a focus for specific analysis, identifying ways in which headteachers located themselves and their schools in relation to those authorities – to DfES and Ofsted2 as main points of external reference. The following discussion is based on close reading and re-reading of these texts, ...

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