1st Edition

High-Leverage Leadership Improving Outcomes in Educational Settings

By Denis Mongon, Christopher Chapman Copyright 2012
    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Globalisation of world trade, international media, technological innovation and social change are creating opportunities and challenges that today’s pupils will inherit and build on. A pupil’s academic, technical and social capacity will define their success or failure. Therefore, educational outcomes and well-being for young people across emerging and developed economies and the crucial role of education and leaders of education has never been more important.

    Schools are under pressure to think more clearly about their place in children’s lives beyond the passage of learning in classrooms. The processes inside schools, the organisation of school systems and the relationship between communities’ educators are critical elements in a complex mix that must balance correctly if it is to benefit school children properly.

    Using the term ’high leverage leadership‘ to describe leadership that is associated with higher outcomes than would normally be found in similar contexts, this timely book:

    • Provides an overview of the development of educational leadership research
    • Demonstrates how successful educational leaders apply contextual, social and professional expertise to the three distinctive leadership tasks of navigation, management and partnership
    • Offers an insight into the complexity of the educational leadership and practices of school leaders who, against the odds, produce high outcomes for young people
    • Validates the idea that a renovation of educational leadership is necessary to maximise educational outcomes.

    High Leverage Leadership will be an indispensible text for school leaders, public sector officers, post-graduate students and researchers in leadership, policy, school improvement and educational change.

    List of illustrations, Preface, 1 Educational leadership: Professional imperative or misguided optimism?, 2 High-leverage leadership, 3 Navigation, 4 Management, 5 Partnership, 6 Organisational pathology and high-leverage leadership, 7 Governance, accountability and impact, 8 Reflections on high-leverage leadership in education, References, Index


    Denis Mongon is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of London, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.Christopher Chapman is Chair of Educational Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow, UK