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Government policy and the effective employment and deployment of support staff in UK schools: democratic progress or knee-jerk reaction to the teacher shortage? A dilemma for school leaders

By Carolle A. Kerry and Trevor Kerry


This paper examines the massive increase in numbers of support staff in mainland UK schools over the last few years. It looks at the proliferation and growing importance of their roles, and at the failures to establish firmly the professional status of these personnel. It compares and contrasts the UK situation with that in other democratic countries. The paper draws some important conclusions about the radical nature of the change to understanding concepts of education, teaching and learning that are implicit in these developments. An attempt is made to explore the value of a post-modernist approach in examining issues about the employment and deployment of support staff in schools. The implications of this approach for school leadership are discussed

Topics: L433 Education Policy, N224 Management and Organisation of Education
Publisher: Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM)
Year: 2003
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