Strategic leadership involves setting the direction of the school, identifying challenges and areas of need, establishing goals and a plan to achieve these, and bring the school community along. It is important that schools are engaged in continual improvement, and it is the strategic leader’s job to drive this work.
There is a range of research from both the school and the organisational literature on the importance of and attributes of strategic leadership. The school-based research evidence would suggest that while strategic leadership is important, its effect on student learning outcomes I not as great as pedagogical leadership.
Strategic leadership involves setting the direction for the school, establishing annual goals that are centred on the students and their learning, establishing targets, and then taking action in relation to the goals. It also is important that strategic leaders are monitoring their progress towards their goals and targets.
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