There are 4 closely related aspects to leading learning in a school. Although all four are important and must be addressed, the aspect that has the most effect on student learning is improving teaching.
This requires establishing a learning culture in the school that assumes growth as an everyday occurrence and addresses the learning needs of all members of the school community. The four aspects are addressed as follows.
Extensive research, by the likes of professors John Hattie, Viviane Robinson and Michael Fullan, has identified that improving teaching, by actively leading professional growth, is the most important aspect of school leadership. This is because improved teacher efficacy, the awareness of teachers of their effectiveness, has the greatest impact on student learning outcomes.
To ensure ownership and high morale, it is important for teachers to have control over their professional growth and a formal appraisal system should support this premise. The following link leads to a participative approach, providing a high degree of teacher control.
The professional development program addresses 3 sources of need; those of individual staff members, those arising from the aggregated needs of staff cohorts (such as teachers), and those identified through annual data analysis and included in the school improvement plan.