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Principal leadership practices during the COVID-19 lockdown

Authors
  • Thornton, Kate1
  • 1 Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
36
Pages
22–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2021-002
Source
Exeley
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

New Zealand secondary school principals were required to make changes to their leadership practices when schools were closed as part of a national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 situation in early 2020. Eighteen school principals from a range of secondary schools were interviewed about their experiences. The research found that principals engaged in leadership that was relational, distributed and collaborative. They prioritised the wellbeing of teachers and students, responded flexibly to the challenges faced, drew on expertise from both within and outside of the school, and took opportunities to refocus and try new ways of working.

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