Building Leadership Capacity
The critical role of the Principal in shaping the vision and strategic purpose of the school has become one of the key areas of headship. As such it is recognised in the National Standards for Headteachers (Northern Ireland) as 'Shaping the Future'. The school must have a shared vision that expresses core values and moral purpose and is informed by the most innovative thinking and practice on schooling and learning. The strategic planning process will sustain school improvement and ensure that the school moves forward for the benefit of its pupils. Leadership for the immediate short term future must build on present contexts but future leadership requires awareness of local, regional, national and global trends that will impact on schools in the longer term. In consideration of these the school leadership must work towards preferred futures.
An important aspect of the future school will dealing with aspects of 'Sustainability'. Leaders of sustainable schools are involved in many activities beyond the core curriculum, such as Healthy Schools, Global Dimension, Eco-schools. They see their role as expanding the
school experience beyond the school and embracing the wider world. While engaging withtheir local communities they have a global perspective. This wider, more inclusive
vision is also seen in the strong pupil voice and involvement of pupils in decision-making.
See Forum for the future and the section of this website on Student Leadership
For additional 'thinkpieces' and 'toolkits' related to the issue of future schooling and its leadership click here