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improving school leadership guidelines for country background reports
Improving School Leadership- Guidelines for Country Background Reports -

Education and Training Policy Division

Directorate of Education

activity themes
Activity Themes
  • School governance and leadership
  • Enhancing learning and school leadership
  • The attractiveness of school leadership
  • Training and professional development of school leaders

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

school governance and leadership 1
School governance and leadership 1
  • How are the demands on school leaders changing?
    • Challenges facing school leadership (Q3.3)
    • Role of schools in broader community service and development – implications for school leaders (Q3.11)
    • Role of school leaders in collaborative networks of schools (Q3.10)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

school governance and leadership 2
School governance and leadership 2
  • What are the different roles and responsibilities of school leaders under different governance structures? What types of competencies do these roles and responsibilities entail?
    • Basic regulatory framework and its development (Q3.2)
    • Governance structure of schools (Q3.5)
    • Division of responsibilities among various government levels and individual schools, and related tensions (Q3.4 & Q3.6)
    • Balance between autonomy, and transparency and accountability at school level (Q3.7)
    • Organisation and leadership structures within a school (Q3.8)
    • Tensions over the relative weight of different leadership responsibilities (Q3.9)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

school governance and leadership 3
School governance and leadership 3
  • What types of competencies would be required from school leaders in different contexts?
    • Research evidence on relationship between leadership skills and school characteristics (e.g. sector, size, student intake, behaviour, etc.) (Q3.12)
    • Has this evidence informed relevant policy development and to what extent?
  • Are there in fact a set of core competencies that all school leaders need, independent of governance structure and community context, and if so, what are they?
    • Research evidence on existence of core competencies (Q3.13)
    • Has this evidence informed relevant policy development and to what extent?

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

school governance and leadership 4
School governance and leadership 4
  • What are promising approaches to school leadership?
    • Recent innovations in the organisation of leadership roles in schools (Q3.12)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

enhancing learning and school leadership 1
Enhancing learning and school leadership 1
  • Policies on teaching, learning and assessment
    • Major concerns (Q4.1)
    • Role of school leaders in the development and evaluation of policies (Q4.2)
  • What school-level processes can most effectively support leadership focused on the improvement of teaching and learning?
    • School accountability (Q4.3)
    • Monitoring students’ disciplinary behaviour, learning progress and outcomes (Q4.4)
    • Monitoring curriculum development and implementation (Q4.5)
    • Evaluation of teacher performance (Q4.7 & Q4.8)
    • Teacher professional development (Q4.9)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

enhancing learning and school leadership 2
Enhancing learning and school leadership 2
  • What leadership practices are more effective in promoting learning in schools?
    • Research evidence (Q4.10)
    • Has this evidence informed relevant policy development and to what extent?
  • Which contexts and conditions are more conducive to learning-centred leadership practices?
    • Research evidence (Q4.11)
    • Has this evidence informed relevant policy development and to what extent?

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

enhancing learning and school leadership 3
Enhancing learning and school leadership 3
  • What policies can most effectively support leadership focused on the improvement of teaching and learning?
    • Policy initiatives underway or planned (Q4.12)
    • Priority issues and options for policy development (Q4.13)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

the attractiveness of school leadership 1
The attractiveness of school leadership 1
  • Is the supply of high quality school leaders adequate?
    • Major concerns (Q5.1)
    • Changes over time in supply vs demand (Q5.2)
    • Changes over time in the composition of school leaders’ profile (Q5.3)
    • Research evidence on reasons for wastage of qualified candidates (Q5.4 & Q5.5)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

the attractiveness of school leadership 2
The attractiveness of school leadership 2
  • Are the employment and working conditions adequate to attract and retain high-quality school leaders?
    • Recruitment, selection, terms of assignment, evaluation and renewal (Q5.6, Q5.7 & Q5.8)
    • Design and competitiveness of compensation systems (Q5.9 & Q5.10)
    • When, how and why school leaders leave their positions (Q5.12, Q5.13 & Q5.14)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

the attractiveness of school leadership 3
The attractiveness of school leadership 3
  • What policies can improve the recruitment and retention of effective school leaders?
    • Policy initiatives underway or planned (Q5.15)
    • Priority issues and options for policy development (Q5.16)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

training and professional development of school leaders 1
Training and professional developmentof school leaders 1
  • How should we encourage talented teachers and people with leadership potential from other fields to consider careers in school leadership?
    • Main and alternative pathways by which people become school leaders (Q6.2)
    • Major requirements to qualify for school leadership positions (Q6.3)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

preparation and professional development of school leaders 2
Preparation and professional developmentof school leaders 2
  • What should be the core components of programmes to prepare the next generation of school leaders?
    • Regulatory framework and legislation governing the preparation of school leaders (Q6.4 & Q6.5)

- types of institutions, financing, staffing

- content, design and duration of programmes

- actors, mechanisms and criteria for quality assurance

    • Induction and support for new school leaders (Q6.6)
    • Research evidenceon effective school leadership preparation programmes (Q6.9)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

preparation and professional development of school leaders 3
Preparation and professional developmentof school leaders 3
  • What are the principal characteristics of effective professional development programmes for school leaders?
    • Professional development requirements and opportunities (Q6.7 & Q6.8)
    • Research evidence on effective school leadership development programmes (Q6.9)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

preparation and professional development of school leaders 4
Preparation and professional developmentof school leaders 4
  • What are promising policies and innovations in school leadership preparation and development?
    • Policy initiatives underway or planned (Q6.10)
    • Priority issues and options for policy development (Q6.11)
    • Recent innovations in leadership preparation and development (Q6.12)

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006

conclusions
Conclusions
  • What are the major strengths and weaknesses in current policy on school leadership?
  • What are the trends and changes that might be anticipated in future policy development in the field of school leadership?

Improving School Leadership - 1st Workshop - 5 July 2006