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Title: Implementing performance management in primary schools
Author: Brown, A.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis has three general objectives. The first concerns the development of a critique of the assumption that the various ideas and philosophy underlying performance management (PM) can be successfully applied to the context of England’s primary education system. The second objective is to provide a detailed account of the ways in which PM is being implemented in primary schools. The third is to suggest ways in which the effectiveness of the Performance Management in Schools initiative might be improved in primary schools. The principal research method used to pursue the objectives comprised a series of semi-structured interviews with primary school heads, teachers and governors who are the key stakeholders associated with the performance management process. A second research method involved documentary analysis of various books, research reports, official government publications and internal school documents. Additionally, a decision to become a school governor allowed a variety of activities associated with the PM process to be observed. The thesis concludes by arguing that PM can help teachers to: focus on particularly important aspects of their work; improve their professional development arrangements; feel more appreciated and valued; and become more reflective and self-evaluative about their work. Performance management can also: help improve communication between heads and their staff; facilitate the implementation of whole school strategy; and ultimately, as a consequence of these six benefits, lead to improvements in pupils’ academic progress. However, performance related pay appears to be inappropriate for the context of primary schools and very few, if any, advantages seem to have accrued at either an organizational or individual level from headteachers’ PM arrangements.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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