Jay Helbert

Make everyone a leader – it will ‘settle your glitter’

One Texas school is achieving amazing results with poorer pupils by empowering staff and focusing on social and emotional learning, explains one leadership expert

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The Scottish government has set out a bold and ambitious plan to close the poverty-related attainment gap by interrupting the cycle of deprivation and its impact on children’s progress. This is a complex and ambitious aim that has effective leadership – and learning about leadership – at its heart.

Some schools at home and abroad, however, are already achieving this. Last autumn, as part of a study visit to Dallas, Texas, I was fortunate enough to spend a few days learning about one such school, its pupils and the impact of leadership at all levels.

I met five-year-old Miguel*, who took a ...

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