Best Practice

Developing distributed leadership

Creating a culture of shared school leadership can help to create success in the most challenging circumstances. Colin McLean speaks to Drew Povey of Harrop Fold School

The idea of school leadership being owned by the single figure of the all-powerful headteacher is an old-fashioned notion.

Today’s heads are more likely than ever before to take a shared approach to leadership, empowering their senior and middle leaders – and all staff – to play an active role in developing the school’s leadership vision and taking the reins of day-to-day leadership matters.

That’s certainly the case at Harrop Fold School in Salford. At the helm is headteacher Drew Povey – still only 38 – who has helped the school overcome a difficult past and build an inspiring culture which is fostering an impressive track record of success.

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