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Improving School Leadership, Volume 2

Case Studies on System Leadership

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This book explores what specialists are saying about system leadership for school improvement. Case studies examine innovative approaches to sharing leadership across schools in Belgium (Flanders), Finland and the United Kingdom (England) and leadership development programmes for system improvement in Australia and Austria. As these are emerging practices, the book provides a first international comparison and assessment of the state of the art of system leadership.

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The Flemish (Belgian) approach to system leadership

This chapter aims to provide information and analysis on the “communities of schools”, a particular Flemish approach to school leadership for systemic improvement. These communities are voluntary collaborative partnerships between schools. The government’s objective when establishing them was to make schools collaborate to enhance student guidance systems, lessen the managerial-administrative burden on principals to allow more focus on pedagogical leadership, increase the use of ICT, and rationalise resources through collaboration on staff recruitment and course supply. The Flemish communities of schools were selected by the OECD Improving School Leadership activity as an innovative example of school leadership co-operation for improved schooling outcomes.

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