Developing a coherent strategy to build leadership capacity in Scottish education

Hamilton, G., Forde, C. and McMahon, M. (2018) Developing a coherent strategy to build leadership capacity in Scottish education. Management in Education, 32(2), pp. 72-78. (doi: 10.1177/0892020618762715)

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Leadership is central to policy ambitions for improvement in Scottish education with leadership positioned as one of the key drivers for improvement to achieve excellence and equity for all learners. To foster teacher engagement in and leadership of change and to prepare enough teachers for headship, building leadership capacity is crucial. The question we explore is: how is it possible to design a career-long leadership development strategy to secure the capacity necessary to fulfil these policy intentions while fostering the autonomy of teachers in professional learning? First, we examine leadership development in the reform agenda and second, we consider the task of balancing system and individual needs in career-long leadership development. We then detail the approaches used to build a cohesive leadership system and its ongoing development.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Strategy and management, education
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forde, Prof Christine and McMahon, Professor Margery
Authors: Hamilton, G., Forde, C., and McMahon, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
Journal Name:Management in Education
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1741-9883
Published Online:23 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS)
First Published:First published in Management in Education 2018
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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