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HEADTEACHERS NATIONAL MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT POLICY

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Senior managers in schools want a clearer national policy on management development and a system for quality assura...
Senior managers in schools want a clearer national policy on management development and a system for quality assurance of training provision.

This is one of the main findings of a research project on developing senior managers in secondary schools in the UK which was commissioned by UBI with the support of the education department.

Other main findings include: few schools have a systematic policy for senior management development;

heads tend to consider their own professional development needs last if at all;

heads and deputies recognise the vital role of appraisal in identifying staff development needs;

many deputies feel their needs are not addressed at a national level;

chairs of governors want better clarification of governors' roles and responsibilities; and

the potential benefits of education and industry links was recognised by heads and deputies.

The full report looks into the different needs of sub-groups, including newly appointed heads, those who have been in post for more than fifteen years, those from inner city and those from grant maintained schools.

It will be of interest to providers of training and development for newly appointed heads, demonstrates the special needs of very experienced heads, the management problems which are special to inner city schools and the isolation felt by some grant maintained schools.

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