Developing system leaders : A research engagement approach

CLOSE, Paul, KENDRICK, Ann and OUTHWAITE, Deborah (2018). Developing system leaders : A research engagement approach. Management in Education, 32 (2), 79-84.

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For those in ‘system leader’ roles in English schools, whether formally designated or informally appropriated, there has not been much systematic or long-term thinking about professional development to date. To contribute to such thinking, this paper presents a common framework for system leader development, based on consultancy research. The framework is broad in scope and critical in approach and can be adapted to role and function. Working within the assumption that all system leaders are consultants, it shows how a research engagement process can combine consultancy practice with consultancy research to generate professional development activities. During this process, system leaders work with higher education institution (HEI) researchers, to progressively interrogate their practice against consultancy research around four themes: ‘relationships’; ‘skills’; ‘outcomes’; and ‘the wider context’. At the same time, the researchers variously move through the roles of providers of research summaries, to co-creators of professional development activities, to co-facilitators of Action Learning Sets. It is argued that this research engagement process has much to offer HEIs and groups of schools wishing to collaborate on system leader development in the interest of generating principled, long-term helping relationships in a self- improving system.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategy and Management, Education
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
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Page Range: 79-84
SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2018 12:18
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:21

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