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posted on 30.01.2018, 15:36 by Laura Guihen
This article draws on the findings of an in-depth study which sought to explore the career histories and professional aspirations of 12 women deputy head teachers in England. In view of the ongoing underrepresentation of women in secondary headship and the scarcity of literature focusing solely on deputy heads, the study aimed to gain an insight into how female potential aspirants to headship perceive their professional futures. This article explores the heterogeneous ways in which the sample experienced deputy headship and the influence that these experiences had on their career aspirations. The themes that emerged from the women’s narratives highlighted both the enabling and constraining nature of deputy headship. Analysis also revealed that deputies’ day-to-day work had the potential to facilitate or curtail aspirations to headship. This article argues that women’s experiences of deputy headship should be taken into consideration in debates concerning the underrepresentation of women in secondary headship. Implications for leadership development and support as well as avenues for future research are identified.

Funding

The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research project was funded by a PhD studentship awarded by the School of Education, University of Leicester.

History

Citation

Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 2018

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Education

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Educational Management Administration and Leadership

Publisher

SAGE Publications, British Educational Leadership, Management and Admin Society

issn

1741-1432

eissn

1741-1440

Acceptance date

10/12/2017

Copyright date

2018

Available date

30/01/2018

Publisher version

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1741143217751727

Language

en