There is wide acknowledgement that leadership matters. When aiming to bring about improvement in schools, leadership is proclaimed as having the biggest influence. High-quality leadership is one of the key factors in the development of successful schools and there is compelling evidence that leaders can have a significant positive impact on student outcomes (see for instance Day and others, 2009). In fact, Leithwood and Seashore Louis (2012) make the bold claim that:
. . . to date we have not found a single documented case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership (p3).
- To understand the relationship between leadership and student learning outcomes.
- To explore key claims concerning leadership influence.
- To consider leadership in challenging contexts.
- To appreciate ways in which to develop leadership practice through professional learning.