The Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham has been commissioned to conduct interviews with representative samples of headteachers of maintained primary and secondary schools, and independent schools, in England and Wales on the nature and likely future of school leadership.
The vast majority of head teachers are opposed to the idea that school
leaders should be chief executives without teaching experience, says an
independent report, commissioned by the NUT, from Alan Smithers and
Pamela Robinson of the Centre for Education and Employment Research,
University of Buckingham. The report says that bureaucracy, external
interference, excessive regulation and lack of work /life balance are
the root causes of head teacher frustration, with their roles made worse
for primary heads by inadequate salaries compared with their
This study was commissioned by the national union of teachers and carried out by the Quality in Education centre at the University of Strathclyde. It considers the role of school self-evaluation and its relationship with external evaluation.