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.

Some concluding thoughts

Some concluding thoughts

Chapter outline

This final chapter looks at the varying roles that practitioners, policy-makers and researchers can play in supporting the development of evidence-based school leadership. The chapter ends by setting out an agenda for evidence-based school leadership.

Practioners, policy-makers and researchers

School leaders

There is no easy way of putting it other than to say that headteachers, executive heads and multi-academy trust chief executive officers have an absolutely critical role in implementing and supporting evidence-based practice within schools. Without school leaders’ full commitment and engagement to fully embed evidence-based practice within the decision-making processes, then evidence-based education will be seen as nothing more than the latest fad. Indeed, unless school leaders have a real and lasting commitment to ‘genuine inquiry’ and openness ...

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