McLay, Margaret (2008) Headteacher career paths in UK independent secondary coeducational schools: gender issues. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 36 (3). pp. 353-372. ISSN 1741-1432

This article presents evidence of the similarities and differences in the career paths of men and women who have achieved headships in UK independent coeducational schools. The research comprised a pilot study of interviews with nine female headteachers and a questionnaire sent to male and female heads of coeducational secondary schools. It identifies factors which assisted or hindered career progress Respondents also provided information on the effectiveness of any training and preparation they had received, and outlined those factors in their general preparation they felt particularly useful. The findings are compared to other relevant studies in both the independent and maintained sectors in order to support conclusions and make recommendations to those aspiring to headship and those involved in their preparation and training.

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