Distributed Leadership for Equity & Learning Toolset
Tool #1: How near to distributed leadership for equity and learning (DLE)?
Tool #1 provides a way of exploring what DLE means through the process of discussing and deciding where to place a school on a continuum.
Here is a reminder of how DLE is defined:
Leadership which is enacted by everyone in the school,
emerges from a supportive set of organisational features and works for inclusive, holistic learning.
Ways to use it
The tool gives short descriptions of leadership in three fictitious schools: A, B and C.
These descriptors are ideal types and schools are not expected to fit wholly into one or another. Users of the tool are asked to think of a school they know and consider:
Which of these school descriptions comes nearest to it?
What elements of DLE are present and absent in each of the descriptions? The descriptions are not exhaustive,
so you will need to consider what else you would need to know about the schools to answer this.
Where would you place the school you are thinking of on a continuum from ‘rigid hierarchical leadership’ to ‘fully DLE’?
There is no one set of right answers to these questions. Tool 1 is intended to help policy-makers and school leaders
develop an understanding of DLE by stimulating discussion around the meaning of DLE.
There are many ways in which Tool 1 may be used. Here are two suggestions: