The influence and management of emotion on primary school headteachers

Howitt, Claire Louise (2019). The influence and management of emotion on primary school headteachers. University of Birmingham. Ed.D.

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The number of headteacher applicants has fallen to the point where there are vacancies for headships unfilled due to the lack of suitable candidates applying. It has led to a recruitment crisis (Policy Exchange, 2014; NCSL, 2012). From this declining number of applicants, it appears that many potential headteachers are opting away from applying for headship posts. This study was carried out as a contribution to, and to update, the body of research data on the influence of emotions on headteachers and to consider if this has impacted on their role, and whether this plays a part in the reduction of headteacher applications.
The research question was investigated through semi-structured interviews with primary headteachers. The qualitative data was then analysed and a model generated from the findings. This model represents the influencing emotions of pride, stress and anxiety the subsequent coping strategies. Findings also identified methods of coping, which headteachers use to remain in the role, with the most effective support derived from the headteacher’s ability to manage and control their own emotions.
Based on the analysis of data, it is strongly recommended that recognition of the emotional cost of headship needs to be considered as an on-going concern, both nationally by recognising it in the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers, and locally by governing bodies and Academy Trust leadership by incorporating it into the cycle of headteacher professional development.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ed.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ed.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education


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