Why is School Leadership Important?

School Leadership Programme: There is no 'silver bullet' for education)

There is no "silver bullet" for education. It is when the receptivity of a leader meets a leadership programme that emphasises personal growth and systemic responses to challenges that much can be achieved. - Managing Trustee of the SEED Educational Trust, David Newby, and USB Executive Development (USB-ED) visiting faculty member.

Aimed at leaders of schools and districts in some of South Africa's most stressed and challenging environments, SEED has been running a School Leadership Programme (SLP) since 2006.

Systemic interventions in schools – New partnerships and new perspectives

Poor leadership in schools often leads to general ‘stuckness’, conflict and low morale and this in turn has the effect of poor performance by educators in the classroom, which ultimately leads to poor learner results. The School Leadership Programme operates from the premise that poor performing schools may be impacted most significantly by developing effective leaders that are able to lead cohesive and effective teams. 

The School Leadership Programme is an accredited course that was launched when Seed Educational Trust and USB Executive Development (USB-ED) entered into an agreement to cooperate in the educational space in 2010. 

The need for leadership at schools

"Effective school management is universally accepted as critical for the success of a school, with lack of leadership considered a main contributor to underperformance and dysfunctionality in schools." - James Ndlebe

Understanding the root causes of our poor education

According to Servaas van der Berg, Nicholas Spaull, Gabrielle Wills, Martin Gustafsson & Janeli Kotzé, root causes of South Africa’s low educational outcomes, while multifaceted, generally fall into one of two categories:

  • a lack of accountability
  • a lack of capacity
The importance of leadership in high-performing schools

The importance of leadership in high-performing schools

"A recent RAND Corporation report found that nearly 60% of a school's impact on student achievement is attributable to leadership and teacher effectiveness, with principals accounting for 25% of a school's total impact on achievement. In order for students to have high-quality learning every year, whole schools must be high functioning, and this means they must be led by effective principals." - quoted in The importance of leadership in high-performing schools

The Impact of School Leadership on Pupil Outcomes

The Impact of School Leadership on Pupil Outcomes

In The Impact of School Leadership on Pupil Outcomes, the research demonstrates that heads in more effective schools are successful in improving pupil outcomes through who they are - their values, virtues dispositions, attributes and competences - the strategies they use, and the specific combination and timely implementation and management of these strategies in response to the unique contexts in which they work.