Policy Paper: Joining Forces – nine ways to improve leadership in New Zealand schools
What is the “magic” of great school leaders, and how do we replicate it? What does it look like when popular leadership theory meets actual school life? Maxim Institute’s education project explores these questions.
Quality leadership can help improve student outcomes. It is especially important in shaping a school’s climate, classroom conditions and teachers’ mind-sets—all of which impact student outcomes indirectly and to varying degrees.
This Policy Paper, Joining Forces, asks whether sharing expertise across schools helps to improve student outcomes. Here we summarise our nine recommendations for how the Government can effectively harness school leadership as a lever for system improvement.
Our accompanying Research Note, Anchoring the Abstract, reviews the international and local evidence for this, and considers the case study of a Decile 1, high-performing South Auckland school, Highfields Primary.