Agile leadership in times of crisis

Researching school leadership, in partnership with Monash University.

What does it take to lead an Independent school through a pandemic?

In the first half of 2020, ISV explored the role of school leadership during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. We interviewed 90 Principals about how they adapted their leadership style, as well as the challenges they faced in relation to educational, financial and wellbeing matters at their school.

Here are the initial findings, presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in March 2021.

Initial findings

Initial findings also show that Principals and their school communities generally fared well throughout the pandemic. There was a strong sense of achievement in having steered the school through the significant upheaval of remote learning.

Most recognised that dealing with the crisis required a change in their leadership style, with many moving to a model incorporating key principles of agile leadership.

Principals also outlined several areas that will require future support and resources. These included:

  • Wellbeing and mental health for students and staff
  • finances, financial analysis and enrolment modelling
  • more permanent blended learning models, and
  • continued assistance in liaising with government.

Register your interest for the final report

The final report will be released in Term 2 and published on ISV’s website and through academic journals with the support of our partners at Monash University.