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Collaborations: providing emotional support to senior leaders

Solvason, Carla ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3072-0079 and Kington, Alison ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5619-2353 (2019) Collaborations: providing emotional support to senior leaders. Journal of Professional Capital and Community. Article no. 636381. ISSN 2056-9548 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper, based upon research carried out between a university and a Local
Authority (LA) in the Midlands, UK, is to explore the phenomenon of head teachers working collaboratively
across clusters of primary schools, or inter-collaboration.
Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative case study approach was taken and the data collection
methods co-constructed with the participants.
Findings – The head teachers were eager to share what they perceived as an overwhelmingly positive
collaborative experience. The findings in this paper illustrate perhaps the most significant discovery, i.e. the
role that the collaborative clusters can play in offering emotional support to those head teachers involved.
Research limitations/implications – This research was based within a specific LA, so the findings reflect
the values manifested there. Quite different results may have been discovered in alternative contexts.
Originality/value – The personal, social and emotional needs of leaders are often overlooked in research
whilst focussing upon the support that they offer to others. This paper explores the solitary role that headship

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Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership, trust, collaboration, professional development, emotion, support
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 09:35
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8869

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