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New heads on the block: three case studies of transition to primary school headship

Kelly, Anthony and Saunders, Neil (2010) New heads on the block: three case studies of transition to primary school headship School Leadership and Management, 30, (2), pp. 127-142. (doi:10.1080/13632431003663180).

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The importance of headship to the success of schools is widely acknowledged. This paper focuses on two related aspects, transition to and development during the first year in post, and identifies and compares research findings with some of the key literature on transition theory and the development of occupational identity. The paper is based on three case studies of new heads before and during their first year in post. The part-grounded / part-developmental analysis identifies how particular themes emerge during transition, how post-transition development is influenced by the transition experience and how theoretical developments and previous research in the field of school improvement and school effectiveness are borne out in practice

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Published date: 2010
Keywords: transition to headship, primary school headship, socialisation, professional identity


Local EPrints ID: 71813
ISSN: 1363-2434
PURE UUID: 1b9edda7-872e-4346-ac68-df5e620e01a8
ORCID for Anthony Kelly: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:58

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Author: Anthony Kelly ORCID iD
Author: Neil Saunders

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