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Improving School Leadership A System Response. Mr. Paddy Flood, LDS. System . Progress Noted. Professional associations Professional development Leadership in inspection reports Salary improvements Strong management bodies. Diagram. Profile - why?: .

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Improving School LeadershipA System Response

Mr. Paddy Flood, LDS


System


Progress Noted

Professional associations

Professional development

Leadership in inspection reports

Salary improvements

Strong management bodies


Diagram


Profile - why?:

  • Provide inspiration to aspirants, clarifying their expectations about the profession

  • Offer guidance to those seeking to improve practice

  • Articulate the complexity of school leadership to the outside world

  • Contribute to policy development


Benefits to Practitioners

  • Affirming professional status

  • Articulate the knowledge, skills and attributes required of practitioners

  • Focus for professional learning

  • Enhance professional self esteem

  • Accountability to self and the profession


School Leadership

Matters in terms of the quality of outcomes

for pupils

Requires a focus on learning centred activity – requires change

Requires a clarity of purpose among all stakeholders

Level of autonomy requires consideration


Learning Centred Leadership

Tasks v attitude

Job description v moral purpose

Office v site of learning


School Leadership Distributed

Not a job for one person

Lack of evidence on distributed leadership

Roles of all stakeholders

Patterns of distribution matter


Attractiveness of Role

  • Work-life balance is a key factor

  • Dependence on support and direction

  • Other career pathways are attractive

  • Is dependent on impact on student achievement

  • Recruitment requires professionalisation


Succession Planning


Leadership Development

Needs for focus on the continuum

Has significant contribution to make to professionalisation: Toraíocht

Variety and creativity in delivery methods

Is a crucial policy lever in the system


Focused Agenda

  • Clarity and Professionalism

  • Linking the four strands of the report

  • Consideration of leadership in the change process

  • Leaders as a system resource

  • Leadership as an attractive career option


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