Neil Miller

Systems leadership: Harness the talent in your school

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Systems leadership is all about spotting the right people in your school to share their wisdom and best practice, regardless of job title. And it can lead to dramatic improvements, says Neil Miller

Systems leadership: How school leaders can harness hidden talent among teachers and staff

Every school leader should be focused on improvement, whether that’s taking a school from “inadequate” to “good”, or “good” to “outstanding”, or anything in between.

There are many ways to do this, but I’ve found that taking a systems leadership approach to the improvement process not only supports rapid, positive change across an organisation, but can also provide a productive, long-term, sustainable and collaborative way of working.

The idea of systems leaders in education was introduced by Canadian educational researcher Michael Fullan in 2005. Then, in 2010, David Hargreaves from the ...

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