Research into Teacher-Leaders

Julianne A. Wenner, of Boise State University, and Todd Campbell, of the University of Connecticut, reviewed 54 reports and studies from the last 12 years to compile a literature review about what exactly it means to be a teacher leader.

What exactly does a teacher leader do?

Wenner and Campbell condensed the extra workload of teacher leaders into five themes.

  1. Teacher leadership goes beyond the classroom walls.
  2. Teacher leaders should support professional learning in their schools.
  3. Teacher leaders should be involved in policy and/or decision-making at some level.
  4. The ultimate goal of teacher leadership is improving student learning and success.
  5. Teacher leaders are working toward improvement and change for the whole school organisation.

Interesting to compare to the DfE’s National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers

The National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers are set out in four domains, beginning with a Preamble. There are four ‘Excellence As Standard’ domains:

  1. Qualities and knowledge
  2. Pupils and staff
  3. Systems and process
  4. The self-improving school

Educate has developed our own set of leadership standards that have been widely adopted by our schools these focus on the following areas:

  1. Leading colleagues, building teams
  2. Leading professional development
  3. Acting on evidence
  4. Leading Teaching and Learning
  5. Handling Accountability
  6. Managing Resources

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