University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

Unlocking Characteristics of Outstanding Leadership in Schools and Colleges in England

Dhillon, Jaswinder ORCID:, Howard, Colin ORCID: and Cooke, Vivian (2016) Unlocking Characteristics of Outstanding Leadership in Schools and Colleges in England. In: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference, 8th - 10th July 2016, Cheshire, UK. (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


The workshop will invite participants to engage in a discussion of the characteristics of outstanding leadership by taking part in an interactive activity which we have developed and used in different types of schools and colleges in England. The activity uses Q-methodology to develop and refine characteristics of outstanding leaders and outstanding leadership in education from a range of stakeholder perspectives. Q-methodology is a research method which originates from psychology and is used to study people's subjective viewpoints. We are applying the methodology to the study of enacted leadership practice in different educational contexts. Our sample of stakeholders consists of school and college leaders, governors, middle leaders, teachers, teacher educators, researchers and scholars in educational leadership and management research and practice. The range of contexts in which they work represents different age phases of education; primary, secondary and further education colleges, urban and rural schools and colleges and selective and non-selective schools. In the workshop participants will be invited to take part in the Q-sort activity we have used with in our research, using statements from leadership theory and practice. The Q-sort will be followed by discussion and reflection on the statements in relation to participants’ own experiences of leadership, management and governance in different contexts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: outstanding leadership, schools, colleges, education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Jaswinder Dhillon
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 07:53
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 04:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.