The primary executive headship research, by Iain Barnes, in 2006 looked at how 6 headteachers led more than 1 school. The research identified 6 important skills and attributes of executive headteachers. This study builds on that research to gain a wider insight into the role of executive head within federations.
The report found that 3 of the skills identified by Barnes were still very significant:
- strategic thinking
- exhibiting faith in others
- developing positive relationships
Findings suggest 3 further attributes of executive heads which have implications on the future leadership development provision for executive heads of federations.