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Pre-figurative practice and the educational leadership of Sir Alec Clegg in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England (1945-1974)

Wood, Margaret, Pennington, Andrew and Su, Feng (2018) Pre-figurative practice and the educational leadership of Sir Alec Clegg in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England (1945-1974). Journal of Educational Administration and History. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article recalls a time when local government infrastructure was strong and a Chief Education Officer’s (CEO) vision could be realised across a region, in Clegg's case the West Riding of Yorkshire, one of the largest of the pre-1974 counties in England. It is timely to revisit Clegg's educational leadership and practice from 1945-1974, as a valuable source of learning, and challenge to the current ideologically-informed policy rhetoric which has undermined the framework of democratic educational decision-making. The authors identify four possible areas to learn from Clegg’s work. Firstly, the need for CEOs or their modern-day equivalents or successors, to consider their potential as political and community leaders; secondly, Clegg’s leadership style prefigures some of the recent discussion about the leadership of public services in uncertain times; thirdly a re-evaluation of administration and bureaucracy; and lastly the need for supportive partnerships to enable schools to thrive.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Educational Administration and History on 09/08/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00220620.2018.1501010”
Status: In Press
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2018.1501010
Subjects: L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
School/Department: School of Education
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3386

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