The Institute of Education (IOE), together with NFER, were commissioned by the National College for School Leadership to carry out a review of the landscape of school leadership in England, between October 2011 and September 2012. The project included an analysis of leadership labour market demographics, a literature review, a national survey of school leaders, and the collection of qualitative data from case studies. The report presents a snapshot of a changing educational landscape (prior to changes such as the new Ofsted framework and national curriculum review) and took place at a time when academy status was still proceeding at pace.
- There was a high level of confidence in managing change, despite any opinion on policy
- The review concluded that school leadership is an important influence on student learning
- Partnership and collaboration between schools were viewed positively amongst leaders, although a range of local obstacles to realising aspirations for collaboration in practice were noted (including local distrust and/or competitive relations)
- Harnessing internal capacity and developing effective partnerships are essential for schools having to navigate numerous national policy changes within their own different contexts
- Half of heads had clear plans on how they would use greater autonomy, but half did not think their institution would actually gain more autonomy
- Secondary schools were more positive than primary schools about the changing role of the local authority
Sponsor(s): National College for School Leadership
How to cite this publication:
Earley, P., Higham, R., Allen, R., Allen, T., Howson, J., Nelson, R., Rawar, S., Lynch, S., Morton, L., Mehta, P. and Sims, D. (2012). Review of the school leadership landscape. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.