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Policy Papers and Research

Output of the ET2020 Working Group Schools 2016-18

This report is structured around a set of nine Guiding Principles for policies to support teachers and school leaders in schools as learning organisations. The report is aimed primarily at those making and shaping policies with an impact in and on education systems. It takes a broad perspective on the governance of school education systems, taking into account not only structures, but also relationships, capacity, culture and accountability at multiple levels.

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School leadership is now an education policy priority around the world. Increased school autonomy and a greater focus on schooling and school results have made it essential to reconsider the role of school leaders. There is much room for improvement to professionalise school leadership, to support current school leaders and to make school leadership an attractive career for future candidates. The ageing of current principals and the widespread shortage of qualified candidates to replace them after retirement make it imperative to take action.

Tags: School Leadership OECD

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Teachers teach and work in schools that are usually administered by managers, often known as principals or headmasters. School administration is itself often part of larger administration units. The conditions of teachers’ working life are influenced by the administration and leadership provided by principals, and it is widely assumed that school leadership directly influences the effectiveness of teachers and the achievement outcomes of students (e.g. Hallinger and Murphy, 1986; OECD, 2001; Pont, Nusche and Moorman, 2008).

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Enhancing the Professional Image and Competencies of School Principals 2015

"The DBE has developed the Policy on the South African Standard for Principalship, which fully defines the role of school principals and the key aspects of professionalism, image and competencies required. This will also serve as a policy to address professional leadership and management development needs."

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Tags: School Leadership Policies and Acts

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This study by Suraiya R Naicker; Raj Mestry (Department of Education Leadership and Management, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa) investigated a system-wide change strategy in a South African school district, which sought to build the leadership capacity of principals and district officials to improve instruction. 

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