Leadership in Post-Compulsory Education – some reflections for further education leaders of the future. This book examines the role of leadership in shaping the post compulsory education sector. The book contains case studies of some inspiring examples of FE/Adult and Community leaders who provided the vision, stamina and rigour to ensure specific example post-compulsory education institutions not only survived but grew in strength and quality.
The book describes, reviews and evaluates the concept of leadership in post compulsory education. Educational leadership has previously been examined comprehensively in relation to the schools’ sector, but this is not yet the case in post compulsory education, in which leadership has as yet neither been adequately understood nor defined. This gap has been identified in recent literature on the subject ‘Leading Learning Project’ (LSRC, 2003).
The work gathers together ‘reflections from the leaders’ - a unique resource of ‘live’ case studies from current leaders in post compulsory education, including Chief Executives, Principals, Directors, Heads of Department, Lecturers and admininstrative leaders.
The book aims to respond to Recommendation 3 of the ‘Leading Learning Project’ (LSRC, 2003), which states, ‘Researchers and developers should consider applying the LSRC Leadership Framework to critical debates about how leadership and leadership development are constructed and evaluated’. In part, the work will include details of the Framework and will respond in detail to it. However, in part the book will also put forward a new typology for leadership unrestricted by that framework, but shaped instead by the voices of the sectoral leaders contributing to case studies. In this way, the work will seek to reflect the ‘bottom-up’ views of people in the sector as well as those that emerge from ‘top down’ and ‘inside out’ responses. Leadership will therefore be envisaged in a complex way, to reflect the diversity, size, local specificity and specialist nature of the PCET sector.