To what extent do teachers’ assumptions of leadership contribute to school improvement and does school X promote opportunities for all stakeholders to become leaders?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This small scale case study aimed to understand whether stakeholders’ assumptions of leadership influences their contribution to whole school improvement at School X and if training and development opportunities are promoted to establish leadership at all levels of school staffing. The research investigated viewpoints from a variety of perspectives including Senior Leaders, Middle Level Leaders, Classroom Teachers, Learning Development Assistants, the Chair of Governors and Pupils as well as personal observation and experience. The decision to research this particular area of interest was further prompted by commencing an Acting Assistant Head Teacher role in School X specifically in charge of staff development. Furthermore, the notion of leadership at all levels of school staffing was also indicated in School X’s school improvement plan for 2015-2018. An extensive literature review highlighted the advantage of allowing distributed and teacher leadership to occur in schools and underlined the varying styles of leadership needed from stakeholders in order to allow School X to become Welsh Governments vision of a ‘self-improving system’. Semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, a focus group and observational research provided rich, valid data from a variety of stakeholders in School X which formed a detailed analysis of current opinion on leadership perceptions and school improvement contributions. The main findings indicated the majority of staff feel they have an involvement in school improvement with many identifying ways in which they effectively contribute. It would appear School X has an ambitious, career-driven community with many colleagues wanting to progress in their careers. However, it has been highlighted that these wishes are not currently well supported through the provision of training or development opportunities. Therefore, many of the recommendations for this research are based on how School X can promote better prospects for succession planning, capacity building and career progression.
MA Education - Dissertation
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