School Leadership Is Policy Driven and Mediated

  • Paul W. Miller
Part of the Intercultural Studies in Education book series (ISE)


Educational policies are important to guiding and shaping the work of schools and therefore school leaders. As former Schools Minister Ed Miliband suggests, the government and school leaders can be described at some point in time as either the motor of progress or its handbrake (Miliband, D. Challenges for School Leadership. Speech to the Secondary Heads Association’s Conference, London, Tuesday, July 1, 2003). Policies provide principals an essential framework through which to deliver and shape their practice. The main finding of this chapter is that, school leaders feel they are being “driven” and not “led” by educational policies. That is, school leaders argue that educational policies restrict their leadership due to the volume of policies churned out by governments, and due to the fact that policies are not context specific. As schools are at the centre of national economic development, schools (and as a consequence school leaders) are positioned as either the “motor” or “handbrake” of progress, or both.


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  • Paul W. Miller
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  1. 1.School of Education and Professional DevelopmentUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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