New pathways into headship?

HIGHAM, Rob, EARLY, Peter, COLDWELL, Michael, STEVENS, Anna and BROWN, Chris (2015). New pathways into headship? Project Report. London, Department for Education.

RR332A_New_Pathways_into_Headship_2015.pdf - Published Version
Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (733kB) | Preview
Official URL:
Related URLs:


There continues to be something of a conundrum in the recruitment of headteachers in England. While “a very large majority of headteachers report being satisfied with their jobs” (Micklewright et al 2014: 17), headteacher recruitment and retention remain major challenges for school governors and policy makers.

In this context, the New Pathways into Headship project was commissioned by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in January 2013. Tasked with considering new or alternative pathways into headship, the project focused on three research groupings of headteachers. These were defined as:

‘Fast Trackers’, who had participated in an accelerated leadership development programme prior to achieving headship;

‘Young Heads’, who had achieved headship before they were 35 years old in primary schools and 40 in secondary schools (without participating in an accelerated development programme);

‘Career Changers’, who had pursued another career before working in schools and achieving headship.

The aims of the research set out by NCTL were to:  analyse the size and demography of the three research groupings;  identify their career pathways towards headship;  explore the school leadership practices of each group.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Depositing User: Ian Chesters
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 09:25
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 19:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics