Day, C., Sammons, P., Hopkins, D., Harris, A., Leithwood, K., Gu, Q., & Brown, E. (2010). 10 Strong Claims about successful school leadership. Nottingham: National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services
This article outlines the findings from a three year study in the UK. It follows on from a previous study. It concludes that there is no one set model for successful leadership within a school. However successful leaders use the same set of skills and actions within a flexible structure to meet the needs of their institution. Key elements of leadership within this study include; having a strong ethical and moral purpose; building layers on leadership within the school; flexibility based on the needs of the school; and having trust and trustworthiness with the staff, students and community.
- – define their values and vision to raise expectations, set direction and build trust
- – reshape the conditions for teaching and learning
- – restructure parts of the organisation and redesign leadership roles and responsibilities
- – enrich the curriculum
- – enhance teacher quality
- – enhance the quality of teaching and learning
- – build collaboration internally
- – build strong relationships outside the school community "