Leading Teaching & Learning

If effective schools are those where a range of outcomes for children and young people are provided for, and where pupils make better progress than predicted on the basis of where they started, then the quality of the teachers and the learning they provide are central to success. The steps taken to attract, appoint, develop, support and retain good teachers are vital responsibilities for school leaders. Leadership is not just a second order effect influencing through others – it is integral to the learning of the whole school community.

  • Good leadership generates and constantly refreshes the drive for the school to improve and every child and young person to succeed
  • Well-led schools are highly focused on their missions and in control of their destinies
  • In highly effective schools, leaders at all levels play a role in the learning and well-being of learners and recognise this. Pedagogical leaders should be outstanding educators, highly skilled practitioners of personalised teaching and learning, as well as having well-developed leadership skills
  • The most effective leadership provides for CPD of all staff, including structured opportunities for leadership development
  • As far as possible, effective leaders of learning apply the same principles, values and expectations to staff as to student learning, building a community of learners
  • The development of pedagogical leadership relies on effective modelling and shared approaches to planning, teaching, assessment, evaluation, support and intervention. It therefore needs to be practice-based, within the home school or a group of schools (a leadership development ‘hub’), and with access to an outstanding school, if this is not true of the home school.

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