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1 Successful Leadership Research Findings Christopher Day, University of Nottingham, UK

2 Shape the future Lead teaching and learning Develop self and work with others Manage the organisation Secure accountability Strengthen community (DfES, 2004) Headteacher Standards in UK

3 What We Know About Successful Leadership (1) CORE LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

4 Identity and articulating a vision Creating shared meanings Creating high performance expectations Fostering the acceptance of group goals Monitoring organisational performance Communicating Setting Directions

5 What We Know About Successful Leadership (2)

6 Offering intellectual stimulation Providing individual support Providing an appropriate model Developing People

7 What We Know About Successful Leadership (3)

8 Strengthening school culture Modifying organisation structure Building collaborative processes Managing the environment Developing the Organisation

9 What We Know About Successful Leadership (4)

10 (i)Have significant effects on student learning Establish conditions that support teachers and help students to succeed (ii)Are leaders among leaders Successful Leaders:

11 What We Know About Successful Leadership (5)

12 Successful leaders respond productively to challenges and opportunities created by the accountability oriented policy contexts in which they work. They: Create and sustain a competitive school Empower others to make significant decisions Provide instructional guidance Plan strategically

13 What We Know About Successful Leadership (6)

14 Successful leaders respond productively to the opportunities and challenges of educating diverse groups of students. They: Build powerful forms of teaching and learning Create strong communities in school Expand the proportion of students social capital valued by the schools Nurture the development of families’ educational cultures (Leithwood & Riehl, 2003)

15 Sustaining Success in Challenging Contexts: Leadership in English Schools Christopher Day, University of Nottingham, UK

16 The Standards Agenda

17 Social Trends

18 Australia - Bill Mulford (Tasmania) and David Gurr & Lawrie Drysdale (Melbourne) Canada (Toronto) - Kenneth Leithwood Denmark (Copenhagen) - Lejf Moos England (Nottingham) - Christopher Day China (Hong Kong) - Kam-Cheung Wong Norway (Oslo) - Jorunn Moller Sweden (UMEA) - Olof Johansson USA (SUNY, Buffalo) - Stephen Jacobson and Lauri Johnson ISSLP Participants

19 Identify the values, knowledge, skills and dispositions which successful school leaders use in implementing leadership practices across a range of successful schools in different countries. Identity those leadership practices that are uniquely important in large v. small schools, urban v. suburban v. rural schools, schools with homogeneous and diverse student populations and high v. low poverty schools. Explore the relationship between successful leadership values, practices, broader social and school specific conditions, and student outcomes in different countries. ISSLP Objectives

20 Produce the first international database on successful school leadership based upon the largest empirical study, thus providing a unique contribution to knowledge. Produce digital case studies, organise national and international dissemination conferences and produce and disseminate a book and several academic conference papers. ISSLP Objectives (ctd)

21 Literature review and design of interview protocol (April July 2002) Multi-site case studies conducted, analysed, comparative data produced (September August 2004) Questionnaire survey of principals in each country (January September 2005) In-depth observational case studies (October July 2006) Production of digital case studies (September March 2007) ISSLP Project Phases

22 Interview and questionnaire based study Principals complete biographical and career questionnaires Intervies, over 2-3 days (min), on school principal’s “success” with: –Principal (3 occasions) –2-3 teachers –2-3 support staff –2-3 parents –2-3 school governors –2 groups of pupils (3-4 in each group) ISSLP Methods

23 Interviews based on semi-structured schedules covering: –Pupil population and challenges presented –School Ethos –School success and principal’s contribution –Professional relationships with government inspectors, LEA officers, teachers, governors, parents and pupils And for principals only: –Non-professional sources of support –Work/Life boundaries –Narratives of histories and critical incidents/phases ISSLP Methods (ctd)

24 Schools of different sizes operating within different phases of education (i.e. the early years of primary schooling through to upper-secondary and including special schools) Schools located within a range of economic and socio- cultural settings (i.e. including rural, suburban and inner- urban schools as well as those with mixed catchment areas) Schools in which headteachers who were widely acknowledged as being “effective leaders had spent different amounts of time (i.e. ranging from relatively new to well- established headteachers with many years of experience) Selection of Schools

25 What does teacher leadership look like? How is success defined? What kinds of people become successful leaders? How is successful leadership sustained? Are there generic leadership values, qualities, skills regardless of country, culture and school? How critical are care, loyalty and trust? Why? How do successful leaders learn about their work? Does size matter? Why? Does the student/family matter? Why? Do national culture/policy contexts matter? Why? Are successful leaders born or can they be made? Questions

26 Beyond transformational leadership Values-led, achievement-oriented, people centred Contingency driven: managing tensions and dilemmas Reflection Training and Development What successful leaders look like

27 Were clear in their vision for the school and communicated it to all its constituents; Focused upon care and achievement simultaneously; Created, maintained and constantly monitored relationships recognising them as key to the cultures of learning; Were reflective in a variety of internal and external social and organisational contexts, using a variety of problem-solving approaches; Sought, synthesised, and evaluated internal and external data, applying these to the school within their values framework; persisted with apparently intractable issues in their drive for higher standards Effective Headteachers: Values led

28 Were prepared to take risks in order to achieve these; Were not afraid to ask difficult questions of themselves and others; Were entrepreneurial; Were “networkers” inside and outside the school; Were not afraid to acknowledge failure but did not give up and learnt from it; Were aware of a range of sources to help solve problems; Managed ongoing tensions and dilemmas through principled, values-led contingency leadership. Effective Headteachers: Values led (ctd)

29 Seven Tensions Leadership v. Management Maintenance v. Development Internal v. External Change Autonomy v. Autocracy Personal Time v. Professional Tasks Personal Values v. Institutional Imperatives Leadership in Small v. Large Schools Three Dilemmas Development v. Dismissal Power with v. Power over Subcontracting v. Mediation Origins UK

30 Vision and resilience Articulating and upholding values and beliefs: the ethical dimension Focussing upon moral purpose Fostering an inclusive community Creating expectation and achievement Building internal capital and capacity Leading the learning Defining and maintaining identity Renewing trust Being passionate through commitment Ten Areas For Success

31 1.Moral purpose and social justice 2.Organisational expectation and learning 3.Identity, trust and passionate commitment Three Key Themes

32 Moral purpose and social justice

33 Organisational expectation andlearning

34 Identity, trust and passionatecommitment


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