Improving School Leadership, Volume 1

Policy and Practice

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As countries strive to reform education systems and improve student results, school leadership is high on education policy agendas. But in many countries, the men and women who run schools are overburdened, underpaid and near retirement. And few people are lining up for their jobs. Based on an OECD study of school leadership practices and policies around the world, and offering a unique cross country perspective, this book identifies four policy levers and a range of policy options to help governments improve school leadership now and build sustainable leadership for the future.

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(Re)Defining school leadership responsibilities

This chapter brings together theory and practice to provide recommendations for countries to clarify the core responsibilities of school leadership. This (re)definition of responsibilities is one of the key policy strategies to improve school leadership. School leaders can only make a difference if they have autonomy and support to make significant decisions and if their responsibilities are well defined. This chapter presents evidence on the specific leadership roles that can positively influence teaching and learning and argues that school leadership responsibilities should be redefined to focus on teaching quality, goal setting and implementing intelligent assessment systems, strategic resource management and collaboration with external partners. It also looks at ways in which leadership definitions or frameworks can be designed and improved to support recruitment, training and evaluation of school leaders.

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