Work-life balance and the workforce reforms

Bruton, Alison Elizabeth (2013). Work-life balance and the workforce reforms. University of Birmingham. Ed.D.

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Work-life balance is a relatively unexplored topic in the educational field, yet it was a significant element of the National Agreement (2003) which sought to enable teachers, including head teachers, to achieve a reasonable work-life balance. Subsequently the workforce reforms were introduced into schools in a phased manner in order to implement the Agreement’s principles.

This study seeks to establish the meaning of work-life balance and goes on to examine the effectiveness of the workforce reforms in achieving their goal to support teachers in achieving such a balance.

This is a qualitative study using multiple case study methodology. Data was gathered via semi-structured interviews with twelve teachers and six leaders from three secondary schools in the same locality.

The differing perspectives of teachers and leaders in the schools are highlighted in order to identify the key factors which affect the ability of an individual to achieve a work-life balance. Following an analysis of the findings it is suggested that the workforce reforms had not been effective in this respect. Further, it is proposed that personal capacity and personal control are pivotal in enabling staff in secondary schools to manage the work and non-work aspects of their lives in order to achieve an acceptable balance.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ed.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ed.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education


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