The development of middle leadership in schools in Wales

Professor Christine Forde and Kathleen Kerrigan

School of Education, University of Glasgow

This policy study is part of the Tri-Nations Collaborative Development Project on Middle Leadership involving Education Scotland (Scottish Centre for Educational Leadership), Centre for School Leadership in the Republic of Ireland and National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales. Initial work traced the evolution of middle leadership in the Irish and Scottish education systems (Forde et al. 2019). Subsequently, a symposium of staff and Associates from the three leadership development centres was held in Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, exploring the role and development of middle leadership in each education system (Forde 2019).

[The] report presents the findings of a policy study on the development of middle leadership in schools in Wales. The research aims were as follows:

  • To analyse policy to map out the way in which ‘middle leadership’ has developed in schools in Wales.
  • To examine the implications of the evolution of ‘middle leadership’ for the future development of this level of leadership.
  • To identify areas for the professional learning to support the role of middle leaders in school in Wales

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