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Transcript - System leadership - characteristics of high performing school systems

Professor David Hopkins: We've learnt a great deal over the last 10 or 15 years about the characteristics of high performing school systems, particularly from benchmarking studies like PISA and my interpretation of that evidence suggest that high performing school systems like Victoria exhibit 3 key characteristics.

The first is that there's a strong emphasis on narrative linked to moral purpose, a very clear storyline about why education is important and what it is going to actually do to impact positively on the lives of young people.

Secondly, there's an increasing emphasis on the primacy of teaching and learning. The phrase that the quality of any educational system cannot exceed the competence of its teachers is now a well-known one.

And the third finding from this evidence is that autonomy does not lead to improvement, in fact the only way that high performing systems succeed is for schools to collaborate together in the pursuit of their moral purpose.

All of these 3 conclusions lead me to believe that the emphasis in our system as we pursue evermore higher standards and excellence is to focus on leadership particularly on leadership that has a systemic aspect.