The Council is working on a new framework on leadership competences that will align both with the existing teaching competences – Teaching: The reflective profession – and the Department of Education Learning Leaders Strategy.
This programme of work is supported by an Advisory Committee drawn from every part of the education sector.
The GTCNI approach builds on important research on leadership in schools – recognising that the definition of leadership can be ‘arbitrary and very subjective’ (Yuki, 2002)
Bush (2003) highlights three dimensions of leadership that may be identified as a basis for developing a working definition:
The leadership competence model will be based on the experiences of teachers in Northern Ireland while recognising recent work across the UK on Leadership.
Based on current research, including the work of Hargreaves and Fullan (2012), Connolly et. al. (2008) and Nusche (2008), and the GTCNI teaching competences, the Council has agreed a number of core guiding principles to support its work on developing leadership competences.