Leading the Way

Carden, Catherine (2021). Leading the Way. In: Bower, Virginia ed. Debates in Primary Education. Debates in Subject Teaching. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 278–294.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003091028-20


There is no doubt that there are challenges facing the leadership of primary education in England, with ongoing struggles to recruit and retain school leaders. Whilst this is of serious concern, as headteachers are indeed the significant leaders in schools, this chapter debates the idea that leadership goes beyond consideration of the role of the headteacher. Through developing such a mindset, Catherine argues that there exists great potential to establish a robust and sustainable primary education system based upon effective and strong contemporary leadership. She explores what is meant by leadership as opposed to management, and debates the issue of who might be leaders. The chapter moves on to explore what is key to great leadership and how this can be upheld even when times get tough, and suggests ways forward for leadership in educational settings.

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