Headteacher-in-residence: an authentic approach to leadership preparation

McMahon, M. and Purdie, J. (2019) Headteacher-in-residence: an authentic approach to leadership preparation. International Studies in Educational Administration, 47(1), pp. 89-101.

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University-based leadership education can present a particular challenge as leadership educators need to combine a unique academic and professional knowledge base and skillset. This paper reports on and discusses how one university-based provider responded to this particular challenge as a new, national leadership programme for school principals was introduced and rolled out. ‘Headteacher- in-residence’ developed as a result of collaboration between Scotland’s largest education authority, Glasgow City Council and University of Glasgow, one of the providers of Scotland’s new Into Headship programme. The imperative to maintain a close connection to leadership practice underpinned aspirations for the new programme. It was from this that the model of ‘Headteacher-in-residence’ evolved. Conceptualised as similar to models such as artist or writer-in-residence, this paper reports on how the model has been operationalised, how it works in practice, the benefits it brings and the challenges which have been encountered. The paper concludes by arguing that the Headteacher-in- residence model represents a unique approach to overcoming the perceived theory-practice divide and to showing how, working with schools, school leaders and local authorities, leadership education can be realised in partnership.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Principalship, leadership learning, partnership, ‘close to practice’, leadership education.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMahon, Professor Margery and Purdie, Dr Jacqueline
Authors: McMahon, M., and Purdie, J.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Research Group:Educational Leadership and Policy
Journal Name:International Studies in Educational Administration
Journal Abbr.:ISEA
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 CCEAM
First Published:First published in International Studies in Educational Administration 47(1): 89-101
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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