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Distributed leadership explained

Exactly what is distributed leadership? And how can it help to raise standards? School leader Ben Solly explains the three secrets to distributed leadership – autonomy, capacity and accountability

“Great leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.” Tom Peters

I love this leadership quote. It embodies everything I believe school leaders should aspire to. In education we are faced with so many different challenges, therefore we need great leaders who are prepared to not only develop themselves and their own careers, but to ensure they help create the next generation of leaders as well.

The acid test for any leader is the impact your leadership has on those around you. In a school context there is a moral imperative for leaders to secure the best possible educational outcomes for the young people in their care. For me, this means students achieving great GCSE and A level results while developing into decent, responsible young adults who have sound morals and who can think for themselves. No easy task, that’s for sure.

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