Research and analysis

Highly effective leadership in children's centres

In this study, children's centre leaders reflect on what works, what is valued and what leadership behaviours make a real difference.


Highly effective leadership in children's centres

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The National College for School Leadership commissioned this research to look at the nature of effective leadership in children’s centres and the development of system leadership.

The study included:

  • a review of research and policy
  • case studies of 25 centre leaders
  • practitioner workshops

The report includes the:

  • main challenges for children’s centre leaders
  • core behaviours of highly effective leaders and system leaders
  • important messages for policy and practice
Published 1 May 2012