- Petra Wulffers
- Hoek Van Holland
What are the Special Needs of the executive (in education)?
Special Needs of the executive (in education).
A research after the role and special needs of the head teacher.
Research: Petra Wulffers
For: Greenwich University, 2011-2012
For my research I'm looking at the role of the head teacher. And I'd like to ask you: as a head teacher, what do you consider to be the specific elements that enable you to perform your role effectively? (one might consider: training, personal attributes, experience, colleagues, skills, ..... How would you define your leadership role?
Please take a moment to look at your job: managing a school, being the executive so to say. Could you describe to me, as detailed as possible, what do you consider to be the special needs of the executive within the educational system?
A. Is it important for a head teacher to have completed The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) before becoming a head of their first school ?
B. What is your view on the concept of learning the trade of head teacher on the job?
(For example: a person becomes a head teacher without proper training, but is an experienced senior teacher and very eager to become an outstanding head teacher.)
B2. What is your view on the fact that the NPQH is open to people without QTS? Could an individual without QTS go through the NPQH process.
C. Do you think the UK system, concerning Professional Standards for Teachers and the NPQH could be effective in other countries, for example in the Netherlands? (As, for example, in the Netherlands everybody who has a bachelor in education is considered to be a teacher, but beyond that there are no additional standards. One can get a Masters degree, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an upgrade on the job. School boards can, in fact, appoint anybody they like to the position of head teacher, sometimes with limited power.)