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Masters in Education Practice: Leadership


Leadership for improvement

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.
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