The quality of school leadership matters in education. When it is properly focused it has a positive impact on student achievement. When it is productively distributed, it is a principal factor in school improvement. To apply a proper focus on student achievement and to focus the school improvement process more sustainably, school leadership needs to:
ERO's school evaluation indicators for leadership provide an appropriate focus for aspiring and beginning leaders to self-evaluate their knowledge and skills against and plan leadership development activities. Recent data indicates that many current school leaders are nearing the end of their careers.29 This means that self-initiated leadership preparation and development will be increasingly important in New Zealand education for system reform in the future.