Ladder of competencies for education middle managers in England

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Utilising new empirical research this study adapts an existing literature-based competency framework into a hierarchy of competencies needed for education middle managers in England to be effective in their role. The study involved a national survey (n=164) of further education middle managers and is the first quantitative study investigating the role since 2002. The original contribution of the study is the development of a new Ladder of Competencies for Education Middle Managers which outlines a suggested ordering of competency development with due consideration to prior training and qualifications. This can enable an improved approach to recruitment, selection and development of education middle managers. The paper presents parameters for consideration when developing competency frameworks for roles more widely which include: prior training, experience, expectations, and challenges of the post-holder as well as the external working environment. It highlights the value of such considerations and demonstrates the importance in paying due regard to them.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Training and Development
Early online date12 Nov 2022
Publication statusEarly online - 12 Nov 2022


  • Manager
  • middle management
  • further education
  • competency
  • development
  • training


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