Improvement In Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Shared ownership - Invercargill Middle School

We can work on this together, we can fix this together… leadership comes from the middle.

Senior leaders have put processes in place to ensure that all teachers participate in and contribute to the co-construction of decisions about how best to move forward. The principal describes the approach as ‘change coming from the classroom, not the principals office’.

This video illustrates

Domain 2: Leadership for equity and excellence

Evaluation indicators

  • Leadership collaboratively develops and pursues the school’s vision, goals and targets for equity and excellence
  • Leadership builds relational trust and effective collaboration at every level of the school community

This video also illustrates

Domain 5: Professional capability and collective capacity

Evaluation indicator

  • Organisational structures, processes and practices enable and sustain collaborative learning and decision making.

Key content

  • Respectful working relationships are the basis of a safe and supportive environment that supports collaboration 
  • The collective approach to designing a way forward assists in ensuring solutions that respond to their unique context 
  • Leaders and teachers invest in, and share accountability for improving practice

Things to think about

  • How distributed and collaborative is leadership in your school?