Leadership in Education Essay

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TLMP3003 Part A A critical analysis and evaluation of leadership practice within an educational setting in relation to relevant theory and with reference to current policy frameworks. One of the most significant discussions in the field of educational reform centres on the importance of prioritising school leadership. In a climate of constant change and accountability, where schools are under enormous pressure to improve in order to meet higher expectations, some believe that leadership has the capacity to make the difference between school improvement and deterioration (Bush, 2009; Parker, 2009; Smith, 2009; Trybus, 2011) Current national and international documentation, emphasises this supposition, identifying leadership as the second most important factor in the success of a child’s educational experience (OECD, 2008; DfE, 2010). In contrast, a number of prominent theorists, including Bolden (2004) and Pasmore et al.(2012), argue that there is no conclusive research focusing on the link between leadership and improved practice or the type of leadership that is necessary to drive school reform forward. It is the latter of these two arguments that this paper will focus on. For anyone embarking on a career in educational leadership, the wealth of available theory defining effectual leadership practices is vast. Therefore, in order to implement sustainable approaches to improve practice, and develop an effective leadership ethos it is essential that prospective and current leaders critically examine the key theories that are appropriate to their context (Dimmock, 2005; Brooks et al. 2005). As a teaching assistant within a culturally diverse, inner-city primary school, the author sets out to examine existing leadership styles within this setting and their relevance to current policy frameworks. As well as a discussion of some of the key theories, the author has
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