Education, leadership and the age of austerity: an investigation into the experiences at college level

Stoten, David (2011) Education, leadership and the age of austerity: an investigation into the experiences at college level. Research in Post Compulsory Education, 16 (3). pp. 289-301. ISSN 1359-6748

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The Spending Review announced by the Coalition Government in 2010 represents a challenge to those who lead a variety of state-sponsored institutions, not least in post-compulsory education. For General Further Education Colleges (GFECs) who are confronted with a reduction in funding for a wide variety of programmes, and Sixth Form Colleges (SFCs) who have had their funding for tutorial provision and enrichment curtailed, the Spending Review heralded a major financial challenge. How principals respond to this challenge, together with the long term drift towards the marketisation of education, is reflected in their values and priorities. This investigation set out to explore how teachers in a variety of SFCs and GFECs viewed the response and leadership style of their principal. The findings suggest that principals are primarily driven by institutional interests. Although colleges may claim to contribute to the economic and social regeneration of their local community, social democratic values are likely to be subordinated to neo-liberal exigencies in the current financial and ideological climate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sixth Form College, General Further Education College, Coalition Government 2010 Spending Review, leadership, socio-economic context
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: David Stoten
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 08:50
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 10:04

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