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School Leadership Development Programme

UKIERI School Leadership Programme is working to build a sustainable school leadership development programme in India through training head teachers/ vice principals and school administrators. In 2011, UKIERI commissioned the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to support a major school leadership improvement project, as a key element of India’s educational reforms. This ground-breaking project has been undertaken through a close collaboration and partnership with India’s key apex organisation, the National University for Education, Planning and Administration (NUEPA).

UKIERI School Leadership development programme is an important strategic initiative that will be a key driver for building the capacity needed for sustained school improvement, as a contribution to India’s multi-faceted education reform programme.

Through the programme, NCTL in partnership with NUEPA are developing and supporting India’s school leaders so that they are motivated, knowledgeable and skilled to improve classroom teaching and learning and to drive school-based improvement. The ultimate goal of this being to transform the system so that it becomes both self-developing and self-improving and achieves the highest possible educational and social outcomes for its pupils and students.In the pilot phase of the programme, principals and head teachers in the states of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu were trained. In 2014, it was agreed to extend the programme in new states of Kerala, Maharashtra and Pondicherry.

Key Achievements

  • Over 1500 second year principals and headteachers have followed the school leadership development programme in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
  • All programme materials and resources written, contextualised and translated for delivery within Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
  • Tutor/facilitator training materials and training handbook developed and produced.
  • Online modules and course content developed and made available for access and learning.
  • Tutor/facilitators recruited from State based nodal and anchor institutions and schools identified and trained.
  • Over 100 Tutor facilitators trained from local staff in both states.
  • Ongoing consultation, development and engagement with lead State officers and with senior State officials.
  • International Research Seminar organised to share ongoing research and practices in the areas of school leadership in India, UK and other countries.

School Leadership Programme: Update & Progress so far.