Many leaders disillusioned with school improvement 'zero-sum game'

Knowledge and expertise around school improvement have become “commodities to be sold rather than insight to be shared” according to the School Improvement Commission.

Set up by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the Commission has been investigating how to better support all schools to improve further.

In a report published on Wednesday (November 18), it says that “progress towards a self-improving, school-led system, founded on deep partnerships, co-creation and local solutions has stalled”.

It comes as NAHT research, also published on Wednesday, warns that nearly half of school leaders say that they are less likely to remain in leadership because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A key theme in the Commission’s report is the need for greater support and professional development for teachers and leaders to “make sure schools are well set up to respond to future challenges”. It warns that many leaders are becoming “disillusioned”.

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