Stuart Lock

Why subject knowledge is key to school leadership


It’s a monumental task, admits Stuart Lock, but really getting to grips with the substance of your curriculum will take you a lot further than generic leadership initiatives

School leadership subject knowledge

There is no shortage of literature about becoming a better leader, but how much of it have you found to be truly relevant in leading your school?

Leadership books often talk about leadership as something that is separate from the domain in which it is happening. The assumption is that there are generic competencies and approaches that can be applied in any context. But leading a school is not the same as leading a business or a sports team. When we approach leadership as a concept that is separate from that which is being led, discussions can become abstract and overly generic; the guidance ...

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