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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education$
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Helen M. Gunter, David Hall, and Michael W. Apple

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326809

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.001.0001

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Fast-track leadership development programmes: the new micro-philanthropy of future elites

Fast-track leadership development programmes: the new micro-philanthropy of future elites

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(p.135) Nine Fast-track leadership development programmes: the new micro-philanthropy of future elites
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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education
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James R. Duggan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.003.0010

The chapter contributes to discussions on public sector fast-track leadership schemes as an elite re-professionalising project that occurs within and across different domains of the public sector. An aim of Teach First is to create a ‘movement of leaders’ to end educational inequality through societal change. The chapter explores the path of one Teach First ambassador as he developed an equivalent fast-track scheme in social work called Frontline. Drawing on Carol Bacchi’s What’s the problem represented to be approach, the chapter explores how entry routes into the teaching profession are being transformed into processes for encouraging the emergence of individuals who are able to successfully develop initiatives that mobilise representations of complex social problems in line with elite and neoliberalising social imaginaries. In particular the discourses and practices of transformational leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation functioned to individualise and individuate explanations, representations and responses to complex social problems.

Keywords:   fast track, leadership, Teach First, Frontline, policy representations

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