Executive Leadership

Growing teacher leadership

Christopher Chapman and Kevin Lowden describe how they built teacher leadership through collaborative research and development as part of the School Improvement Partnership Programme1 led by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at the University of Glasgow. They report significant gains for both teachers and pupils, together with partnerships helping to close the attainment gap.

Introduction – collaboration and improvement

This article draws on some of the experiences and lessons from a major School Improvement Partnership Programme (SIPP) as an example of a collaborative research and development programme designed to build individual, institutional and system capacity. A team from the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) at the University of Glasgow was commissioned by the Scottish Government to assess the impact of the programme and  to support the building capacity of teachers, local authorities and their partner organisations to implement the SIPP. We   outline the programme’s principles and how it was implemented and then reflect on the specific contribution it has made to building teacher leadership capacity within the system. The article is structured in two sections. In the first we outline the principles and practice whilst the second reflects on the contribution the programme has made to teacher leadership. 

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