School Leadership for Learning

Insights from TALIS 2013

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international survey of teachers and school leaders. Using the TALIS database, this report looks at different approaches to school leadership and the impact of school leadership on professional learning communities and on the learning climate in individual schools. It looks at principals’ instructional and distributed leadership across different education systems and levels. Instructional leadership comprises leadership practices that involve the planning, evaluation, co-ordination and improvement of teaching and learning. Distributed leadership in schools explores the degree of involvement of staff, parents or guardians, and students in school decisions. How are principals’ and schools’ characteristics related to instructional and distributed leadership? What types of leadership are favoured across countries? What impact do they have on the establishment of professional learning communities and positive learning environments? The report notes that teacher collaboration is more common in schools with strong instructional leadership. However, about one in three principals does not actively encourage collaboration among the teaching staff in his or her school. There is room for improvement; and both policy and practice can help achieve it. The report offers a series of policy recommendations to help strengthen school leadership.

Published on September 20, 2016

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Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Reader's guide
Leadership for learning at school
Educational leadership for learning
What determines school principals' leadership styles?
School leadership and professional learning communities
School leadership and the development of a positive learning climate
School leadership and the development of a learning climate and professional learning community in primary and upper secondary school
Annexes4 chapters available
Technical notes on measures derived from the TALIS 2013 teacher and principal questionnaires
Methods and techniques of analysis
Employment, career and legal framework of principals
Additional tables on school leadership for learning
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