Middle leaders matter. White paper
Robson, J.; Bassett, Martin
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Citation:Robson, J., & Bassett, M. (2017). Middle Leaders Matter. White paper. 1-5. CORE Education. New Zealand: May.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3871
Middle leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand schools hold a pivotal role in leading the teaching and learning activities that determine the success of educational outcomes (Ministry of Education, 2012). Most middle leaders find their role rewarding, however, they experience the tension of being both teacher and leader. Although middle leaders have influential positions within schools, they are often not provided with specific middle leadership development, nor effective appraisal to undertake this complex role. Recent literature supports the need for middle leadership development and meaningful appraisal. In the absence of a government initiative, the onus falls on school leaders to develop and appraise their middle leaders, yet middle leaders believe it is not happening adequately (Bassett, 2016, Cardno & Robson, 2016). This white paper presents a case for an online course specifically designed for middle leaders. The online course offers a solution to the problem, and aims to explore the fundamental elements of middle leadership, from understanding the role itself, and leading teams, through to leading from the middle, and connecting communities of leaders across schools.