Pupil-centred spiritual leadership: an empirical study of thirteen church primary school headteachers in England

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Eisl, Ursula, Woolley, M., Hulbert, Sabina, Casson, Ann and Bowie, Robert A. 2023. Pupil-centred spiritual leadership: an empirical study of thirteen church primary school headteachers in England. International Studies in Catholic Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/19422539.2023.2171622
AuthorsEisl, Ursula, Woolley, M., Hulbert, Sabina, Casson, Ann and Bowie, Robert A.
Abstract

The place of Church school headteachers as spiritual leaders of the school community is rarely highlighted. This article investigates how 13 Church primary school headteachers (Catholic Church of England, and Methodist) interpret this role. It draws on the Faith in the Nexus research which investigated how church primary schools nurtured pupils’ spiritual development and facilitated faith activity in the home. The head teacher interviews revealed several recurring themes, such as empowering children, collective worship, relationships with church and parents, and the visibility of faith in school. This research brings together a comparison of leadership approaches from Catholic and Anglican headteachers. Evidence of differences emerged; Catholic headteachers tended to use ‘overtly religious’ language while many Anglican headteachers employed a more ‘secular’ language to express their vision of spiritual leadership. A comparison with Shaw’s (Citation 2015, 2017) model of ‘ethotic leadership’, highlighted much in common. The headteachers’ ethos was pupil-centric and shaped by a focus on the spiritual development of the child. An adaptation of Shaw’s model is offered which places the child at the centre.

KeywordsReligious studies; Education
Year2023
JournalInternational Studies in Catholic Education
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1942-2539
1942-2547
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19422539.2023.2171622
Official URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19422539.2023.2171622
FunderDouglas Trust
Publication dates
Print16 Feb 2023
Online16 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted19 Jan 2023
Deposited17 Feb 2023
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Promoting tolerance to schools in a time of extremism
Bowie, R. A. 2018. Promoting tolerance to schools in a time of extremism. in: Panjwani, F., Revell, L., Diboll, M. and Gholami, R. (ed.) Education and Extremisms: Rethinking Liberal Pedagogies in the Contemporary World London Routledge. pp. 204-216
The attitudes and perceptions of beginning teachers in relation to teaching controversial and sensitive issues in the history classroom
Woolley, M. 2017. The attitudes and perceptions of beginning teachers in relation to teaching controversial and sensitive issues in the history classroom. Revista Electrónica Interuniversitaria de Formación del Profesorado. 20 (2), pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.6018/reifop/20.2.284561
Lessons in spiritual development: learning from leading Christian-ethos secondary schools
Casson, A., Cooling, T. and Francis, L. 2017. Lessons in spiritual development: learning from leading Christian-ethos secondary schools. London Church House Publishing.
Interpreting texts more wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change
Bowie, R. A. 2017. Interpreting texts more wisely: A Review of Research and the Case for Change. in: Stuart-Buttle, R. and Shortt, J. (ed.) Christian, Faith, Formation and Education Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 211-228
Is tolerance of faith helpful in English school policy? Reification, complexity and values education
Bowie, R. A. 2017. Is tolerance of faith helpful in English school policy? Reification, complexity and values education. Oxford Review of Education. 43 (5), pp. 536-549. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2017.1352350
The rise and fall of human rights in English education policy: Inescapable national interests and PREVENT
Bowie, R. A. 2017. The rise and fall of human rights in English education policy: Inescapable national interests and PREVENT. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 12 (2), pp. 111-122. https://doi.org/10.1177/1746197917693020
Negotiating fundamental British values: research conversations in church schools
Bowie, R. A. and Revell, L. 2016. Negotiating fundamental British values: research conversations in church schools. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.
Oxford A Level Religious Studies: Christianity, philosophy and ethics
Bowie, R. A. and Ahluwalia, L. 2016. Oxford A Level Religious Studies: Christianity, philosophy and ethics. Oxford Oxford University Press.
Dignity and human rights education
Bowie, R. A. 2016. Dignity and human rights education. Oxford Peter Lang.
Stepping into sacred texts: how the Jesuits taught me to read the Bible
Bowie, R. A. 2016. Stepping into sacred texts: how the Jesuits taught me to read the Bible. in: Voss, A. and Wilson, S. (ed.) Reenchanting the Academy UK Rubedo Press.
Doing RE hermeneutically - learning to become interpreters of religion
Bowie, R. A. 2016. Doing RE hermeneutically - learning to become interpreters of religion. RE Today. 34 (1), pp. 60-62.
The human rights Church school: a particular school for the common good?
Bowie, R. A. 2014. The human rights Church school: a particular school for the common good?
What can education learn from recent thinking around the concept of dignity in the intersection between identity and protected groups?
Bowie, R. A. 2014. What can education learn from recent thinking around the concept of dignity in the intersection between identity and protected groups?
A preliminary report exploring the need for and development of a coherent Personal and Social Education curriculum
Maynard, T., Moss, J., Bowie, R. A., Christie, S., Bainbridge, A., Barnes, J., Blamires, M., Hassett, A., Powell, S., Robinson, S. and Canterbury Christ Church University 2013. A preliminary report exploring the need for and development of a coherent Personal and Social Education curriculum.
Post secular trends: issues of faith and education
Bowie, R. A., Peterson, A. and Revell, L. 2012. Post secular trends: issues of faith and education. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 33 (2), pp. 139-141. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2012.694057
Human rights education and the post secular turn
Bowie, R. A. 2012. Human rights education and the post secular turn. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 33 (2), pp. 195-205. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2012.694062
The primacy of dignity and human rights education
Bowie, R. A. 2011. The primacy of dignity and human rights education. PhD Thesis University of Kent / Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Education
Human rights and religion in the English secondary RE curriculum
Bowie, R. A. 2011. Human rights and religion in the English secondary RE curriculum. Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. 32 (3), pp. 269-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2011.627674
How green is your god?
Bowie, R. A. 2009. How green is your god?
PGCE secondary provision and the new curriculum
Bowie, R. A. 2009. PGCE secondary provision and the new curriculum.
AQA Religious Studies A2: ethics: student's book
Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA Religious Studies A2: ethics: student's book. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Roman Catholicism: Ethics
Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Roman Catholicism: Ethics. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.
AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity: Ethics
Bowie, R. A. 2009. AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity: Ethics. Cheltenham, UK Nelson Thornes.
AQA religious studies AS ethics: student's book
Bowie, R. A. 2008. AQA religious studies AS ethics: student's book. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.
Environmental ethics
Bowie, R. A. 2008. Environmental ethics.
Thinking about ethics in RE learning
Bowie, R. A. 2007. Thinking about ethics in RE learning.
Dignity, religion, education
Bowie, R. A. 2007. Dignity, religion, education.
Getting published
Bowie, R. A. 2005. Getting published. RE-Net, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Contemporary life stances and education for sustainable development
Bowie, R. A. 2005. Contemporary life stances and education for sustainable development. Canterbury RE-Net, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Philosophy of religion and religious ethics AS/AA2 for OCR study guide
Bowie, R. A. 2004. Philosophy of religion and religious ethics AS/AA2 for OCR study guide. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.
Ethical studies
Bowie, R. A. 2004. Ethical studies. Cheltenham Nelson Thornes.
Texts and teachers: the practice guide
Bowie, R. A. and Clemmey, K. 2000. Texts and teachers: the practice guide. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.
Texts and teachers: the findings report
Bowie, R. A. 2000. Texts and teachers: the findings report. Canterbury Canterbury Christ Church University.