The Role Of Effective Leadership For Driving School Improvements And Meeting The Challenges Of The 21st Century

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With reference to wider reading and your own experience, critically discuss the role of effective leadership in driving school improvements and meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Leadership and management in educational settings are defined in many different ways. The Welsh Government (2012, p12) ‘Excellent leadership in schools should be a priority such as setting high expectations for all learners, creating the right culture for improvement; communicating the vision and success along the way and maintaining the focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching.’
Globalisation has an enormous impact on educational settings in the 21st Century. Globalisation nowadays is an economy where school systems are routinely compared with other nations.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum which consists of thirty four governments that work with each other to promote economic growth, prosperity and sustainable development. OECD helps schools and other educational settings to compare policies, experiences and also to seek answers to problems that they may come across. OECD also helps settings to identify and share good practices between each other.
According to the OECD technological innovation and globalisation are some of the challenges faced by schools and their leaders are being affected by the 21st century. Bush, (1999, p240), defines the importance of management and leadership as ‘Management is directed at the…

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