Effective School Leadership raises many questions about effective leadership and how it is seen from different viewpoints. The issues are placed in political context and in relation to a changing world scene.

Who Really Runs the School?

Who really runs the school?
PatMahony, JohnMacBeath and LeifMoos


‘The headteacher runs the school. If anything goes wrong it gets put down to her fault.’ So wrote one of the pupils in our study, reflecting a fairly widely-held view of where the buck stops and where the power and decision-making lie. Certainly from a pupil's eye view it would appear that the headteacher was both prime and final mover. The deeper question ‘who really runs the school?’ deserves a more complex answer.

English schools have had their own Boards of Governors since 1980, but not until 1988 did they acquire the far-reaching powers and responsibilities which they now enjoy. In the words of Michael Golby 1988 marks the end of ‘ceremonial governorship’ and ...

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