RESEARCHING PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHIES OF EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS IN NEW DARK TIMES

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ABSTRACT: Education reform under the modernisation agenda both in England and internationally has signified the restoration of the ‘private’ and the decline of ‘public’ education. Deploying Arendtian thinking on assimila- tion and identity, we argue that these ongoing reforms are indeed dark times for education professionals. We examine what ‘new dark times’ mean for those in leader roles in schools and organisations that are contracted to deliver, such as a multi-academy trust (MAT). Based on a year-long research project which focussed on a multi-academy trust in England, the article reports on the position and practice of the CEO, KT Edwards in these new dark times. We conclude that the emerging CEO position is being defined through individual positioning, a repudiation of the past and the assimilation into the private realm of non-education dark times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-293
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Volume68
Issue number3
Early online date8 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Arendt
  • CEO
  • school leadership

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