There is a vast amount of research on what goes on in schools, but how can school leaders sort credible findings from dubious claims and use these to make informed decisions that benefit their schools? How can abstract ideas from research be translated into dynamic plans for action? This book is a practical guide to evidence-based school leadership demonstrating the benefits that can be gained from engaging with robust educational research and offering clear guidance on applying meaningful lessons to practice. Topics include:  • What is evidence-based school leadership and why does it matter?  • How to collect data from your own school and how to analyse this evidence in order to inform strategic leadership decisions  • Models for implementing school improvement and change  • Leadership skills for fostering a culture of evidence-based practice This is essential reading for senior and middle leaders in educational organisations who aspire to lead effective schools with high levels of staff well-being and enhanced outcomes for the learners they teach.

Leading the evidence-based school

Leading the evidence-based school

Chapter outline

The chapter starts by examining different types of school culture regarding evidence use. This is followed by a brief look at the research on the use of research evidence in decision-making and the importance of capability, motivation and opportunity (Langer et al., 2016). The chapter then draws upon the work of Brown (2015) to devise a checklist that school leaders can use to help create an evidence-based culture within their school. Next, the chapter explores a number of aspects of the checklist, including: promoting a vision of the research and evidence-based school; how to be consensual and engage in shared decision-making; how to stop doing some things; continuing to support the importance of teachers’ expertise; and, ...

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