Leadership within educational settings is widely regarded as essential for organizational effectiveness and the improvement of learning outcomes. Through an extensive review of theory and practice, Helen Gunter explores the contested field of leadership studies. She describes and critiques the different contributions made by · education management · school effectiveness · school improvement · critical studies. Leadership is examined as function, as behaviour and as leadership relationship, from students as leaders, through to headteachers. The author provides an up-to-date review of current thinking about leadership, which challenges the reader to engage wit
Chapter 8: Teachers in the Middle
Teachers in the Middle
This chapter draws on current research that defines teachers who have job descriptions in addition to pedagogic responsibilities as middle or senior managers. There has always been a hierarchy between the headteacher and teacher, and so the ‘middle’ is itself stratified according to tasks, status and pay. Site-based performance management is relabelling roles as team leaders and restructuring salary differentials around audited and measurable school outcomes. The type of questions that I ask cluster around the following: first, who are middle and senior managers, and what work do they do? Second, how are these post-holders experiencing their work, how are they seeking to position themselves and how are they being positioned?
Middle management is a label that is ...