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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.

Annual Report CoverThe 2018 Annual Report offers an overview of our recent work and current focus and reach. Read online or download as a PDF.

Learn about us and 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.

Join us to become part of the network and keep in touch via our regular newsletters. Connect with us @LfLCambridge


Webinar: The World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) and Leadership for Learning network joint event, with Professor John Elliott

20th May 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm GMT+1 / BST

Book Launch PosterIn this webinar in Professor John Elliott talked about his life as a researcher and reformer, and then introduced us to eight selected ‘good educational reads’ that have influenced his work and thinking.

John is Emeritus Professor of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Centre for Action Research in Education at the University of East Anglia which he founded. He is well-known internationally for his role in developing the theory and practice of educational action research in the contexts of curriculum and teacher development, and has directed a number of funded collaborative classroom research projects with teachers and schools.

Before John joined East Anglia, he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at Hughes Hall.

A mentee of Lawrence Stenhouse, an international leader in action research for many years, a strong supporter of teachers as researchers, and this century an international leader of ‘Lesson Studies’, John has crammed his half century career jam packed with quality research and influential practice that has changed the lives and careers of many practitioners. He also founded and edited in chief the International Journal of Action Research and the International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies. Both are still going strong.

Thank you for joining us in this webinar which provided an inspirational reading list, and an opportunity to hear a distinguished colleague reflect on his career in education.

You can download the presentation of this webinar, and John Elliott's list of 'good educational reads'.

Details of other recent events.

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.

LfL Seminars - A Good Educational Read

A Good Educational Read example cover

A unique opportunity to discover inspirational reads chosen by distinguished professors.

  • Professor John MacBeath
  • Professor Madeleine Arnot
  • Professor Andrew Pollard
  • Professor Neil Mercer
  • Professor Mary James
  • Professor Maurice Galton
  • Professor John Gray

LfL Resources

Link to Resources/LfL Fan page

The LfL Fan

Discover the LfL Fan featuring the key principles and elements of the LfL framework on a series of petals.

  • An innovative hand-held resource
  • Captures the key LfL principles and framework elements
  • Stimulates debate and reflection in an educational context

Read more about the LfL Fan.

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