Research and analysis

Confident school leadership: a Canadian perspective

Ben Levin's thinkpiece on the skills and critical factors required to become a confident leader.


Confident school leadership: a Canadian perspective

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School leaders in England are facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Individual school leaders have the opportunity to shape the nature and work of their schools.

Ben Levin draws on his experience as a leader of school systems in Canada and as a researcher studying large scale school improvement. This paper:

  • describes the central requirements for confident leaders
  • suggests some critical factors in creating more confident leaders
  • looks at how school systems in Canada have tried to meet this leadership challenge
  • outlines how this can work in England
Published 1 February 2013