Responding to changes in our society and in the education sector, deputy heads in Hong Kong primary schools are required to take more responsibilities'. In order to attract teachers who are professionally competent as leaders, the Education Bureau creates a new Senior Primary School Master/Mistress (SPSM) rank for deputy heads in the public sector primary schools with the effect from the 2008/09 school year. The Hong Kong Primary Education Research Association (HKPERA) starts a survey to investigate the needs on the professional development of deputy heads after the establishment of this post. Based on the results of the semi-structured interviews, the research team designed and distributed the questionnaires to Hong Kong primary schools in April, 2010. Deputy heads and representatives of other ranking colleagues were invited to give their views on the role, problems and needs on the professional development of deputy heads. Based on the literature review and the empirical data of the survey, this paper aims to discuss and analyze the problems that deputy heads encounter in the workplace and their needs on their professional development.
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2010|