Call for focus on staff leadership skills

Schools should develop the leadership skills of all their staff – from classroom teachers to senior leaders – and should embrace a system of "distributed leadership", inspectors have urged.

A report from Welsh education inspectorate Estyn highlights best practice in leadership development from schools across Wales, drawing on inspection reports and interviews with school leaders, teachers and support staff.

It details how many of the schools have established a culture where professional learning is valued, with school leaders carrying out detailed analyses of the knowledge, skills and attributes required for each leadership role and using this information to identify staff with leadership potential.

They prioritise the identification of leadership talent early on in teachers' careers and embrace distributed leadership by giving all staff the chance to lead on aspects of school work.

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