Show simple item record Connolly, Mark Milton, Emmajane Davies, Andrew James Barrance, Rhian 2018-07-10T18:34:19Z 2018-07-10T18:34:19Z 2018-08-01
dc.identifier.citation Connolly , M , Milton , E , Davies , A J & Barrance , R 2018 , ' Turning heads : The impact of political reform on the professional role, identity and recruitment of head teachers in Wales ' British Educational Research Journal , vol. 44 , no. 4 , pp. 608-625 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0141-1926
dc.identifier.other PURE: 21857188
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 47438293-6843-4b36-8b7a-1c4a04c56de7
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85050476104
dc.identifier.other 2160/46707
dc.description.abstract This article considers the professional work, identity and recruitment of head teachers (HTs) in Wales. Drawing on the sociology of professions, the article illustrates how intensive educational policy reform post‐2011 has restricted HTs’ professional agency and re‐orientated the head teacher role towards organisational professionalism. Drawing on semi‐structured interviews (n=30) with both head and deputy head teachers, the article argues that issues with the recruitment and retention of HTs in Wales can, in part, be explained by the promotion of managerial and technicist approaches to professional practice. This role reconfiguration is the result of myriad and, at times, overlapping accountability mechanisms. The article illustrates how these changes to HT professional roles and identity are more intense within a small education system where HTs had, traditionally, enjoyed an elite professional status. To ameliorate these issues, the article proposes policy initiatives which the Welsh Government could introduce to foster the agency of HTs within a revised professional framework for educational leadership in Wales en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof British Educational Research Journal en
dc.rights en
dc.subject head teachers en
dc.subject Wales en
dc.subject organisational professionalism en
dc.subject accountability en
dc.subject teacher agency en
dc.subject mentoring en
dc.title Turning heads : The impact of political reform on the professional role, identity and recruitment of head teachers in Wales en
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article en
dc.description.version publishersversion en
dc.contributor.institution School of Education en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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