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What does values-led school leadership look like?

Values-led leadership is increasingly understood to be effective but staying true to your values is hard. Drawing on her doctorate research, headteacher Dr Claire Tasker explores values-led leadership – what it is and what it looks like…
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I have been a teacher for 27 years (and a school leader for 21 of those years) and the great school leaders I have known have one thing in common – they are driven by their values. Their values inform everything they do.

Stop any colleague on the corridor and ask them what those leaders are about and they will be able to describe their ambitions for the children, the staff, and the community.

And by ambitions I do not mean a P8 score, an “average grade” target, or an Ofsted “outstanding” badge, I mean wanting brilliant things for the young people they serve.

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