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Dame Pat and the origins of the leadership centre 

As it continues to roll out initiatives and programmes based around school improvement, we look at the origins of the Centre for Education Leadership. A week ago we had the privilege of hearing from Professor Qing Gu, Director of the Centre for Education Leadership at the UCL, Institute of Education, London about the continued success […]

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Direction and support in practice

A number of factors come into play when supporting staff and pupils on their learning journey. Here we expand on the fundamental elements. Learning Partnerships and learning journeys Previously in this series we have referred to a learning partnershipmade up of the responsible partnerand the learning partner.  In reality, this partnership is often a triad. […]

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Conversations in direction and support (part 5 in a series)

Knowing the principles of the OLEVI Professional Progression Framework is one thing. Imparting them on others requires a conversation. Previously in this series on direction and support, we have outlined the basic principles underpinning our approach, looked at them in operation in Sweden and described the framework we have derived from the principles. Now we […]

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Applying the principles for direction and support (part 4 in a series)

When the degree of direction and support required for a particular educational scenario has been determined, we can then begin to look at how to apply the principles This is where the OLEVI Professional Progression Framework comes into play. This framework is split into a series of stages and phases, which we explain below. The […]

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Select the correct degree of direction (part 3 in a series)

It is essential to determine the level of support your staff require. In part 1 of this series, we examined how a leader or teacher might determine the degree of direction or support they might provide to a member of staff or student. We theorised that in our experience: The amount of direction a school […]

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A light touch can have its drawbacks (part 2 in a series)

A lack of formal direction is desirable in a free society, but it can become counter productive. The second post in our series on direction and support focuses on an international case study. In earlier posts we have referred to the research carried out by our colleague, Mats Rosenkvist, CEO of Successful Schools Sweden into […]

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