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Empowerment and school leadership: How empowered do you feel?

As we move through an age of empowerment, Jonathan Cordiner considers and challenges what empowerment is, what it really looks like, and what it means to and for headteachers

What does empowerment mean for schools? This is becoming an increasingly important question and one which is not as easy to answer as you might think.

In 2022, following the OECD review of Scottish education and as part of on-going education reform, Professor Ken Muir conducted a review and wrote the report Putting learners at the centre: Towards a future vision for Scottish education (2022).

In this, he identifies a challenge we face in Scotland in relation to empowerment, in that “the language of empowerment and autonomy is increasingly more apparent and subject to various interpretations and uncertainties”.

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