School Leadership Is Partnership Dependent

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


Schools cannot and do not operate in silos. And nor can and do school leaders. Schools rely heavily upon a range of internal and external partners/partnerships in order to be successful—from parent associations to industry (Miller, P. Exploring School Leadership in England and the Caribbean: New Insights from a Comparative Approach. London: Bloomsbury, 2016). Furthermore, increasingly, schools are operating in networked and/or other learning communities, both internationally and nationally, as they try to provide students with a “unique” learning experience. School leaders realise that part of being entrepreneurial is also being partnership orientated. The main finding of this chapter is that schools/school leaders engage in largely two types of partnerships (pragmatic and strategic) where pragmatic partnerships are chosen primarily for a short-term or one off goal, whereas strategic partnerships are chosen primarily for their potential to bring longer-term benefits to a school.


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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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