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Welcome to the InThinking IB School Leadership Site


Welcome to the IB School Leadership site. I hope that you enjoy using this site and find it packed with helpful resources to support your leadership. Half of the site focuses on generic aspects of leadership such as forming a vision, writing a mission, developing a strategy and building leadership capacity. The other half of the site is devoted to leading IB World Schools.

This site is an organic resource that changes, develops and improves regularly. You, as the user, have a great input in to all of that as well, helping to correct errors and making suggestions for improvement. Ultimately, the site will develop the way users want it to. Ideally users will form a professional learning community continually inquiring into the art of school leadership, willing to share their own experiences as well as learn from the leadership of others. It is for this reason that I have started to include case studies within the site to exemplify leadership practice as applied to specific contexts. Hopefully you will want to contribute your own experiences.

What's here?

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The home page provides you with the most recent pages.

Screenprint of the site map

The site map gives you a really quick idea of what is on the website and how to find it. The left half of the website focuses on generic leadership material, which you hopefully will find useful with your senior and middle leadership teams.The right half is more specific to leading an IB World School, which your IB leaders will find useful.

What's in each section?

Your toolkit supports your role as a pedagogical leader within the school community. It provides you with the tools to facilitate adult learning and grow and develop your school as a professional learning community.

After an introduction to how adults learn, there is a guide on How to facilitate adult learning and plan professional development meetings and workshops. The largest part of this section provides you with a  Facilitation Toolkit - activities you can you use with your staff (both face to face and digital tools). A Resources section links you to web based leadership resources. The final pages of this site explores how you build, nurture and sustain  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in your school.

A clear vision and mission provide a focus for the energies and direction of a school. Research shows that schools with a clear vision and mission have a greater chance of improved student outcomes, in terms of both progress and attainment.

The leadership tools in this section have been designed so that you can use them with Governors and your Senior Leadership Team. The activities can be used in organizing workshops and strategy meetings on Writing Vision and Mission Statements, developing Strategic Leadership and leading Change Management processes. You can use these tools to engage your whole school community in developing and evaluating a strong vision and mission, aligning your mission and vision with that of the IB (as an IB Candidate School or part of the 5-year evaluation process) and marketing your school. The strategic and change management sections provide you with a suite a tools to help you develop and implement strategy and manage change processes in your school.

Your leadership matters. Research shows that school leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning. Leadership of schools, however, is a complex and multi-faceted art.

What is leadership? encourages you to think critically about the nature of leadership: your own leadership and the organizational leadership of a school. We explore the various styles of leadership that are exhibited in schools. However, the IB recognizes that there is no one way of doing leadership. Leadership is a personal matter, to which we bring our own individual characteristics to bear in our leadership roles. Leadership also needs to be sensitive to Culture and context . A leadership style that works in one context may not work in another. Therefore IB leaders needs to be flexible and adaptive. Dimensions of Leadership we explores some key competencies and relationship skills of effective leaders: how to effectively influence and motivate people; how to create and lead high-performing teams; and how to effectively communicate with others.

Practical aspects of the role are explored in Recruitment & Development of staff, and Governance. Also included is a section on Applying to be Head of School - top tips, opportunities and challenges


Research informs us that instructional leadership has much greater impact on student outcomes than transformational leadership. So what does it mean for school leaders to be pedagogical / instructional leaders?

An introduction, in the form of professional development workshops, to some of the most research on pedagogy, including Ron Richhart's Cultures of Thinking ( What's teaching? What's learning?), John Hattie's Visible Teaching and Learning ( Expert vs Experienced Teachers) and Carol Dweck's Fixed and Growth Mindsets ( What do you believe? Fixed or Growth Mind Set?). IB pedagogy is explored through Concept-based teaching and learning and Inquiry-based teaching and learning and through the lens of the IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning.

The role of the IB subject leader and coordinator is explored. School Improvement provides reflective tools.


This section is written primarily for school administrators and IB coordinators. It provides many resources for them to introduce the IB to stakeholders within their community, whether they be new staff, parents or students. There is a  10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideas: a series' of powerpoints that can be used to cover all the key aspects of being an IB World School.

It will also help them write the Key IB Policies. It contains a comprehensive Glossary of IB Terms.

IB recognition and promotion provides materials which are useful when preparing presentations for stakeholder groups.

An introduction to the IB programmes in the form of stand alone professional development sessions on key elements of the programme that you can lead with your faculty. Whilst they can be used at any time in the implementation of IB programmes they are especially useful to facilitate training to introduce staff and stakeholder groups to the programme as a Candidate School or as a form of review and self-reflection when carrying out the 5-year evaluation.

This section is written specifically for IB Coordinators with their responsibilities in mind.

It includes presentations on how to introduce  The IB Philosophy to the school community; tips on how to align your mission to the IB mission and how to make the IB Learner Profile your own.

It provides guidance on regulatory aspects of the IB, including a checklist of  Key IB terms, introduction to the  Standards and Practices and the key IB policies. You will find draft job descriptions - Diploma Programme Coordinator, Extended Essay Coordinator, Extended Essay Coordinator.

This section explores how to become an IB World School ( IB Authorization) and how to continually develop as an IB World School ( IB Evaluation).

Selected Pages


Adult Learning 10 September 2021

The term 'andragogy' means ‘leader of men’, whilst 'pedagogy' means ‘leader of children’.This section provides an...


Leading in a time of crisis 18 July 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a dramatic interruption in the way we lead. What does it take to navigate this crisis...


Library 12 February 2021

Where to start and stop recommending particular books is, I guess, a matter of personal choice. On this page I declare that...


IB & COVID-19 Microsite 15 August 2020

The IB have put together a new COVID-19 microsite to provide guidance and resources to help students, schools, teachers...


Teaching & Learning 10 July 2020

This page provides you with an intoduction to distance | e-learning.E-learning refers to remote learning where the student...

Site Update 1 September 2021

A key advantage of using this medium is that the site can be updated and tailored to particular need on a regular basis....

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