Caring for a small school: A reflection from the field

Peter Farrell, Independent Researcher, Zeerust Primary School, Australia

The author, a primary school principal, re ects upon 15 years working in the same very small school and suggests three ways of caring for such a school. He argues that all experienced small school principals are, simultaneously, and to varying degrees, system followers, stewards and administrators. However, inexperienced principals need to develop these ways of being beginning with star-followership, moving onto stewardship, and nally school administrator. Each way of being responsible for a school is discussed in depth.


Keywords: administration, manage- ment, leadership, stewardship, small school


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