Hidden, yet in demand : Voices of principals who are governing deliberately different Australian schools

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Adams, Megan, Cooper, Rebecca, Fitzgerald, Angela, George, Sindu and Gunstone, Richard. (2022). Hidden, yet in demand : Voices of principals who are governing deliberately different Australian schools. In In Pang, Nicholas Sun Keung and Chan, Philip Wing Keung (Ed.). School governance in global contexts : Trends, challenges and practice pp. 141-158 Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221456-9
AuthorsAdams, Megan, Cooper, Rebecca, Fitzgerald, Angela, George, Sindu and Gunstone, Richard
EditorsPang, Nicholas Sun Keung and Chan, Philip Wing Keung
Abstract

In Australia, there is a significant rise in the number of students with complex needs who seek alternative education pathways. While there are schools specifically focused on making an educational difference for disengaged and disenfranchised students, their governance is complex. This chapter draws on data from a focus group interview with eight principals of such schools. Analyses of these data have identified three governance-related challenges. First, there is no clarity in terms of the systematic categorisation of these schools, which subsequently makes policy alignment and budgeting profoundly difficult. Second, significant funding is required to support students accessing external services, transport and attracting and retaining staff. Third, the schools’ visibility within the community is limited due to low levels of parental involvement. Implications for governance include staff recruitment, increased parental involvement, and a call to reposition the role and value of these schools for greater visibility in the community at large.

Page range141-158
Year2022
Book titleSchool governance in global contexts : Trends, challenges and practice
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon, United Kingdom
New York, NY
ISBN9781032116129
9781032117669
9781003221456
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221456-9
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Online29 Dec 2021
Print2022
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Deposited18 May 2022
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