Access to school management in public centres in the Basque Country

Pello Aramendi Jáuregui, Joan Teixidó Sabals, José Luis Bernal Agudo


The lack of candidates to take on management positions in schools is a problem yet to be resolved in Spain. This article analyses the process to access to the management of public schools in the Basque Country. Research was developed by means of a mixed design, emphasising the complementary nature of methodologies and combining quantitative and qualitative strategies in both collecting data and analysing information. The results of the research indicate that approximately half of the headmasters and headmistresses are obliged to accept the position by the Administration. Reasons for applying for the job, put forward by the candidates, revolve around improving the centre, maintaining a definite line of work, professional development and interest in topics related to organizing and managing schools.

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