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Leadership for Learning

A vibrant network dedicated to leadership, learning and their inter-connection.

Leadership. Learning. Two ideas at the heart of education. Both are complex, open to widely differing interpretations and the subject of continuing debate among academics, policymakers and practitioners. The LfL network is concerned with both concepts and particularly with their connection, seeking to understand and share knowledge about leadership in education that supports learning.

Cover of the 2016-2017 Leadership for Learning ReportThe 2017 Annual Report offers an overview of our recent work and current focus and reach. Read online or download as a PDF.

Explore About to learn about our principles and framework, the team behind LfL, our Current Collaborations, Publications (including our own series InForm), our Resources, and also opportunities for Visiting and Studying with us.

Events carries details of our seminars and conferences.

Projects introduces our current portfolio and also contains a rich archive of resources from past programmes.

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New Publication 

Strengthening the Connections between Leadership and Learning

By John MacBeath, Neil Dempster, David Frost, Greer Johnson, Sue Swaffield

Strengthening the connectionExamining a decade of research and practice, this book makes the case for a radical reappraisal of leadership, learning and their interrelationship in educational policy. Discussing whether policy direction is progressively constraining the professionalism and initiative of teachers and school leaders, it challenges conventional understanding and argues the case for thinking differently about the way to lead learning.

Based on the Leadership for Learning (LfL) Project, the book clarifies, extends and refines LfL principles and practices, and their contribution to ameliorating some of the difficult conditions encountered in the contemporary educational policy environment. It starts by discussing the direction and influence of current education policy and its subsequent consequences; chapters then move on to explore the framing values informing the LfL Projects, particularly focusing on what they imply for commitments to social justice, children’s rights and breadth in student learning, and considering how to create favourable conditions for learning.

Identifying a disconnect between seminal principles and the nature of day-to-day practice, Strengthening the Connections between Leadership and Learning challenges school policy and practice at national and local levels. It is an essential read for postgraduate students, especially those in leadership in education, as well as for teachers and policymakers in schools.

Find this book on Routledge.

Events

SAVE THE DATE: International Symposium

Leadership for Professional Learning

Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June 2019, Cambridge UK

A joint partnership between The Leadership for Learning Network (University of Cambridge), The Lastinger Center (University of Florida) and the journal Professional Development in Education

Are you involved in or responsible for improving teachers’ professional learning for the benefit of student learners?

This international symposium is an opportunity to share innovations, research and dilemmas in collaborative and supportive dialogue. Taking the view that leadership is an activity that can be exercised by anyone, regardless of status, the symposium will convene a diverse international group of educational leaders. International perspectives on professional learning will be explored with a focus on leading and enabling sustainable professional learning cultures.

For more information please email us at lfl@educ.cam.ac.uk using the subject title “LfPL2019” to confirm your interest.

Details of other recent events can be found here.

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