a course of action taken by governments and their agencies with the goal to directly (and also indirectly) shape leadership practices in schools. The choice of not taking action by a government can also be considered as a form of public policy, given that it does not do anything to change the status-quo regarding school leadership.
the policy discourse that serves as a resource for ideas, metaphors, concepts etc. which is utilized by stakeholders and policy makers in the process of interaction that formulates school leadership policy problem identification, policy planning and implementation.
the policy solutions aimed to improve the quality and effectiveness of school leadership have to be responsive to the idiosyncrasies of specific national or regional contexts.
School leadership as a policy solution to equity and learning in schools depends on policy solutions in other interrelated policy problem/challenge areas