Teachers or learning leaders? Where have all the teachers gone? Gone to be leaders, everyone

Ivan Reid, Kevin Brain, Louise Comerford Boyes

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    This paper traces the dramatic proliferation of leadership roles in English primary and secondary schools, due mainly to central government education policy of the past two decades. This has transformed schools from relatively simple to highly complex organizations and has impacted on the working conditions of, and demands on, teachers, together with many aspects of schooling. These changes are illustrated with typical examples of schools' leadership structures and their functioning. Interview data provide teachers' views on, and reactions to, the changes in school leadership. The paper also reviews the ways in which teacher education institutions have responded in terms of providing initial and in-service education and training to equip the profession for this new and developing challenge. It examines the reception of such programmes by teachers and the reported impact on schools' management and the role of leadership within it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)251-264
    Number of pages14
    JournalEducational Studies
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004


    • Continuing Professional Development
    • Educational Policy
    • Learning leaders
    • Network market
    • School complexity
    • Teachers


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