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‘People miss people’: A study of school leadership and management in the four nations of the United Kingdom in the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic

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posted on 13.01.2022, 15:53 authored by Gary Beauchamp, Moira Hulme, Linda Clarke, Lorna Hamilton, Janet A. Harvey
The COVID-19 pandemic has confronted school leaders across the four devolved nations of the United Kingdom (UK) with a period of exceptional crisis. This responsive, small-scale, but UK-wide study focuses on headteacher perspectives on leadership and management in the initial stages of this pandemic, contributing to our understanding of this crucial period. The headteacher respondents met the multiple predicaments and situational ambiguities of the pandemic with a resilience which drew heavily upon the strengths of pre-existing structures and teams. They were required to provide effective emotional and moral leadership in uncharted and rapidly shifting territory. They spoke most eloquently of how they developed pragmatic, versatile and personally reassuring approaches to communication with parents, staff, pupils, and a range of external agencies, all of which were also facing extraordinary circumstances with varying degrees of resilience. The paper concludes by conceptualising the key elements of headteachers’ leadership and management, both inside and outside of school, at in the early stages of societal crisis.

History

Published in

Educational Management Administration & Leadership

Publisher

Sage

Acceptance Date

28/12/2020

Publication Date

22/01/2021

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Beauchamp, G., Hulme, M., Clarke, L., Hamilton, L. and Harvey, J.A. (2021) ‘People miss people’: a study of school leadership and management in the four nations of the United Kingdom in the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, p.1741143220987841. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143220987841

Print ISSN

1741-1432

Electronic ISSN

1741-1440

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

Cardiff Met Authors

Gary Beauchamp

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en