System Leadership in Practice


System leadership is a new, exciting and growing phenomenon in education. It refers to leadership that goes beyond a single school, where leaders work directly for the success and welfare of students in other institutions as well as their own.

In this inspirational book, the authors offer you new perspectives, support and guidance, whether you are a school leader, policy-maker or advisor, and show how working collaboratively and leading networks can bring about positive change. They encourage you to innovate, develop rigorous partnerships, take managed risks and deploy resources creatively in order to build sustained improvements in student learning and well-being.

This much-needed book provides the first in-depth analysis of a term on the lips of many in the educational world. There is detailed reference to real cases of system leadership in practice, as well as recent legislation and relevant literature. At a time when prescription, bureaucracy and targets remain for many an impediment to the aims of education, school-led system leadership is seen to offer a means for professionals to take more control of educational renewal.

This book is indispensable reading for school leaders and senior teachers, educational policy makers and advisors, as well as anyone involved or interested in education and its leadership.


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