Improving School Leadership - Guidelines for Country Background Reports Education and Training Policy Division Directorate of Education.

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Improving School Leadership
- Guidelines for Country Background Reports Education and Training Policy Division
Directorate of Education
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Activity Themes
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School governance and leadership
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Enhancing learning and school leadership
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The attractiveness of school leadership
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Training and professional development of school
leaders
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School governance and leadership 1
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How are the demands on school leaders changing?
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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)
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School governance and leadership 2
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What are the different roles and responsibilities of
school leaders under different governance structures?
What types of competencies do these roles and
responsibilities entail?
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Basic regulatory framework and its development (Q3.2)
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Governance structure of schools (Q3.5)
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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)
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School governance and leadership 3
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What types of competencies would be required from school
leaders in different contexts?
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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?
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Research evidence on relationship between leadership skills
and school characteristics (e.g. sector, size, student intake,
behaviour, etc.) (Q3.12)
Research evidence on existence of core competencies (Q3.13)
Has this evidence informed relevant policy development and to
what extent?
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School governance and leadership 4
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What are promising approaches to school
leadership?
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Recent innovations in the organisation of leadership
roles in schools (Q3.12)
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Enhancing learning and school leadership 1
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Policies on teaching, learning and assessment
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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?
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Major concerns (Q4.1)
School accountability (Q4.3)
Monitoring students’ disciplinary behaviour, learning progress
and outcomes (Q4.4)
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Monitoring curriculum development and implementation (Q4.5)
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Evaluation of teacher performance (Q4.7 & Q4.8)
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Teacher professional development (Q4.9)
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Enhancing learning and school leadership 2
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What leadership practices are more effective in
promoting learning in schools?
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Has this evidence informed relevant policy development
and to what extent?
Which contexts and conditions are more conducive
to learning-centred leadership practices?
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Research evidence (Q4.10)
Research evidence (Q4.11)
Has this evidence informed relevant policy development
and to what extent?
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Enhancing learning and school leadership 3
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What policies can most effectively support
leadership focused on the improvement of
teaching and learning?
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Policy initiatives underway or planned (Q4.12)
Priority issues and options for policy development
(Q4.13)
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The attractiveness of school leadership 1
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Is the supply of high quality school leaders
adequate?
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Major concerns (Q5.1)
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Changes over time in supply vs demand (Q5.2)
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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)
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The attractiveness of school leadership 2
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Are the employment and working conditions
adequate to attract and retain high-quality school
leaders?
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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)
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The attractiveness of school leadership 3
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What policies can improve the recruitment and
retention of effective school leaders?
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Policy initiatives underway or planned (Q5.15)
Priority issues and options for policy development
(Q5.16)
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Training and professional development
of school leaders 1
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How should we encourage talented teachers and
people with leadership potential from other fields
to consider careers in school leadership?
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Main and alternative pathways by which people become
school leaders (Q6.2)
Major requirements to qualify for school leadership
positions (Q6.3)
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Preparation and professional development
of school leaders 2
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What should be the core components of programmes
to prepare the next generation of school leaders?
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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
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Induction and support for new school leaders (Q6.6)
Research evidence on effective school leadership
preparation programmes (Q6.9)
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Preparation and professional development
of school leaders 3
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What are the principal characteristics of effective
professional development programmes for school
leaders?
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Professional development requirements and opportunities
(Q6.7 & Q6.8)
Research evidence on effective school leadership
development programmes (Q6.9)
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Preparation and professional development
of school leaders 4
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What are promising policies and innovations in
school leadership preparation and development?
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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)
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Conclusions
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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?
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