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Selecting Primary School Headteachers: potential bias in Barsetshire

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Abstract:

Barsetshire is a pseudonym for an English county. In the county there are a large number of Church Aided Schools. T his paper investigates the appointment of headteachers to posts in the county's primary schools. T he presence of the Aided Schools may have the unintended effect of reducing the field of applicants for headteacher posts in large County schools. Evidence was obtained from the county's official lists, advertisements for headteacher posts and person specifications prepared by selection committees. It was found that A ided Schools in the county tended to have smaller rolls than County or Controlled schools. G overnors of larger schools were seeking to appoint people with previous school management experience. In Barsetshire this was most likely to have been obtained by having being a headteacher in a smaller Aided School.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601369650038100

Publication date: March 1, 1996

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