Examining a decade of research and practice, this book makes the case for a radical reappraisal of leadership, learning, and their interrelationship in educational policy. Discussing whether policy direction is progressively constraining the professionalism and initiative of teachers and school leaders, it challenges conventional understanding and argues the case for thinking differently about the way to lead learning.
Based on the Leadership for Learning (LfL) Project, the book clarifies, extends, and refines LfL principles and practices, and their contribution to ameliorating some of the difficult conditions encountered in the contemporary educational policy environment. It starts by discussing the direction and influence of current education policy and its subsequent consequences; chapters then move on to explore the framing values informing the LfL Projects, particularly focusing on what they imply for commitments to social justice, children’s rights and breadth in student learning, and considering how to create favourable conditions for learning.
Identifying a disconnect between seminal principles and the nature of day-to-day practice, Strengthening the Connections between Leadership and Learning challenges school policy and practice at national and local levels. It is an essential read for postgraduate students, especially those studying leadership in education, as well as for teachers and policymakers in schools.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Policy Challenge Chapter 2: The Backdrop to Policy Reform Chapter 3: Leadership for Learning: An Essential Narrative in a Challenge to Policy Chapter 4: Professional Integrity Chapter 5: Leadership as Practice Chapter 6: Thinking Differently about Learning and Teaching Chapter 7: Enhancing Teacher Professionality Chapter 8: Challenging Policy, School, and Classroom Practice