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Democratic ideal

Democratic ideal

Deprived of a professional voice, teachers are voting with their feet. To raise standards we must first tackle autocratic leadership. The evidence is in and the verdict is clear: if schools embrace democratic values and headteachers are prepared to canvass the views of their staff and promote leadership at all levels, the education of their pupils gets better. This is the view of the increasingly influential team behind the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) rankings. They argue that schools must be places of learning not only for pupils but also for teachers, and that the most effective school leaders learn from their teachers and vice versa. Recommended reading Ed.
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