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Introduction
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This book is concerned with primary school headship. I embarked upon the research because my responsibilities at the University of Cambridge Institute of Education included providing school management courses for primary school headteachers. Over time, I became aware that the literature focusing upon primary school management and leadership did not fully reflect the accounts and concerns of the heads I worked with on management courses. Moreover, as I searched the literature dealing with primary heads and school management, I recognized that there had been little research conducted into primary headteachers. As I looked at the literature and listened to the many heads with whom I worked I realized that there was scope for a further exploration of headship.