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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.

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 Publications 

Strengthening the connection

Strengthening the Connections between Leadership and Learning

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

Examining 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.

It is an essential read for postgraduate students, especially those in leadership in education, as well as for teachers and policymakers in schools.

Read more here, and find this book on Routledge.

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We were thrilled to see so many of you and meet some new members at the book launch! If you couldn't join us in person, or would like to re-visit this interesting event, you can now watch the film footage online.


InForm 19 - Teacher Leadership: a tragedy in five parts?

InForm 19 ScreenshotThe development and practice of teacher leadership is directly aided and inhibited by the conditions for learning that exist within a school setting and the policy context in which it operates.

This latest InForm is adapted from a talk given by Phil Poekert to attendees at the Leadership for Learning network's seminar. This seminar drew on the creation of the Teacher Leadership for School Improvement graduate degree program at the University of Florida and the subsequent theoretical model for teacher leadership development that emerged from its implementation in contexts across the State. Noting that external support from a university and philanthropy were key facilitators, the seminar entertained the question: "if external support seems necessary, what hope do we have of institutionalizing teacher leadership within schools?"

Phil Poekert

Phil Poekert is the Director of the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning. His research focuses on the development of teacher leadership and the impact of collaborative professional development on teaching quality.

You can read this InForm online or download as a PDF.



Leadership for Professional Learning International Symposium

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Proposal submission open!

JUNE 17-18, 2019 | CAMBRIDGE, UK

Apply before 15 January for early-bird rate

The LEADERSHIP FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SYMPOSIUM will convene a small (max 100) diverse group of educational leaders focused on leading and enabling sustainable professional learning cultures. Participants will share innovations, research and lessons from their experience, and be able to seek support and solutions to challenges facing the field.

The structured dialogue over two days will be focused around five strands:


The symposium, being held at a high quality venue, is designed to connect educational leaders (in the broadest sense) worldwide, serve as a catalyst in the creation of new ideas, and lead to academic and practice outputs.

Application proposals are invited from anyone with something to offer to the dialogue about leadership for professional learning: teachers and students from all phases and types of education; school, organisation and system leaders; researchers, academics and policy influencers.

Registration is only possible once your proposal has been accepted. Proposals submitted by 15 January 2019 will be reviewed in time to meet the date for early-bird registration rate. We are planning for a diverse group of participants and contributions, and welcome proposals from anyone with a perspective on the leadership of professional learning in the field of education. Due to the nature of the event the number of places available at the symposium is limited.

The organisers and advisory group are keenly awaiting your proposals!


Click Here for the proposal submission form.
For any queries please contact cc You can also download the flier.

A collaboration among;
The University of Cambridge Leadership for Learning Network
The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning
'Professional Development in Education' international journal


Supper Seminar

Leading rapid yet deep and sustainable improvement: the Foxfield Story, by Rob Carpenter

Rob Carpenter imageRob Carpenter is the CEO of the Inspire Partnership in Greenwich and Medway. Foxfield Primary School moved from an Ofsted judgement of Special Measures to one of Outstanding in under two years. Rob has written an account of key and potentially replicable elements of this journey in his book ‘A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools’.

Rob Carpenter poster imageIn this seminar Rob will reflect deeply on the processes of relational, professional and pupil learning that were woven together by his leadership teams in order to bring about the sustained changes at Foxfield and also on the changes that were effected within the communities of the schools. He will reflect on the dilemmas, competing priorities, complexities and moments of critical judgement-forming that he and his team experienced. He will describe the processes of decision-making - juggling the urgent, the vital and the strategic - that they evolved and undertook along the journey and the sources of information and strength they drew on in order to sustain these changes. Finally, he will reflect on the challenges of their next steps. Download the event poster here.

Wednesday 6th February 2019
5.30-7pm, Room GS5 Faculty of Education

All welcome. Free to attend. Refreshments served. Please email: to register.


Details of other recent events can be found here.

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