Parallel Session II: School Leadership and Education System Reform
School Leadership and Education System Reform: New Contexts and New Challenges
This session will focus on the current educational landscape in England and how school leaders are responding to this ever-changing field. It will draw upon the earlier keynote lectures given at the ISL Conference by Professors Toby Greany and Peter Earley and on their recently published book School Leadership and Education System Reform (Bloomsbury, 2017). Participants will be engaged in a discussion as to how school leaders can shape organisations to ensure they offer consistently high quality, rounded and equitable education in the context of rapid change. The question will be asked how can wider school systems support and encourage all schools to succeed in this way. Drawing upon the key messages emerging from the conference and its theme of “Rethinking the roles of educational leaders in times of change”, participants will consider these new challenges. We will seek to document the ways in which leadership and its practice has changed and developed in response to this rapidly changing educational scenario over the last decade to meet the ever-growing and changing demands of children, policy-makers, parents and other stakeholders. It is likely that school leaders of the future will need to focus even more on key aspects of their role, giving priority to professional development and learning with evidence-informed practitioners working in ‘research learning communities’. They will need to be more learning-focused or learning-centred with both staff and students. Looking ahead these priorities and challenges will most likely centre around the intensification of leadership roles, leading the learning, and collaboration and the move towards a self-improving school system. These and other challenges will be discussed in this parallel session.