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What makes an effective middle leader?


Middle leaders create the bridge between the senior leadership team and the teachers and students. In this role, they are expected to have knowledge and expertise about working with people, systems, leading professional learning, and managing resources.

What the research says

What doesn't work in school reform
Michael Fullan summarises the key points from his paper, Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform (April 2011).

Stratosphere (Youtube)
Michael Fullan talks about his new book, Stratosphere, where he examines the impact of emerging technologies on teaching and learning. 

Leadership qualities
The qualities at the heart of effective educational leadership are: manaakitanga (leading with moral purpose); pono (having self-belief); ako (being a learner); and awhinatanga (guiding and supporting).

School leadership and student outcomes: Identifying what works and why (PDF 452kB)
Professor Viviane Robinson identifies and explains the types of school leadership that make an impact on a range of valued student outcomes.

A friendly guide to the leadership BES
Professor Viviane Robinson has recorded a friendly guide to the leadership BES on the Educational Leaders site.

Published on: 20 Jun 2012