Middle Leadership Action Research Project

CSL is delighted to announce the launch of the CSL Middle Leadership Action Research Project


CSL believes that the building of leadership capacity among school teams is key to the future of sustainable leadership. Circulars 03/18 and 44/19 have set out a vision for a more distributed form of leadership in our schools and the ‘Looking at Our School Quality’ Framework provides a common language and understanding for the organisation and practice of leadership.

In order to support the development of this leadership capacity, CSL is pleased to be organising the ‘Middle Leadership Cluster Pilot Project’. We hope this action research project will enable schools to develop their middle leadership capacity.

The project will be based in Clare and Kildare Education Centres, and will offer the opportunity to 35 schools in clusters of three, to interrogate middle leadership in their own schools. The school teams involved in the project will consist of both middle and senior school leaders learning together which CSL believes is key to the successful development of leadership skills and competencies.

The project has an ‘Advisory Group’ which includes members of IPPN, NAPD, CSL and the Inspectorate. The evaluation of the project will be overseen by Professor Christine Forde, Emeritus Professor, University of Glasgow and is financially supported by the Department of Education. There is also a working group consisting of senior and middle leaders from large and small schools who will help guide the content of the project.

Frequently Asked Questions for Middle Leadership Project

Middle Leadership Project Timeline

In Conversation with Aine Lynch

Ms Aine Lynch is the current CEO of the National Parents’ Council Primary. In conversation with Anna Mai Rooney from the Centre for School Leadership, the main areas discussed are the developments in parental engagement over Aine’s time as CEO and the barriers that she has encountered and that still need to be addressed in relation to how parents can positively influence their child’s education. The conversation also addresses the Student Parent Charter and Aine’s vision for how it will influence education policy in the future. 

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In Conversation with Áine Lynch, CEO National Parents Council Primary

This is "In Conversation with Áine Lynch, CEO National Parents Council Primary" by Centre for School Leadership on Vimeo, the home for high quality…


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And remove the fireside chat with Damien Burke

And In Conversation with NAPD

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