What Place Values in Professional Standards? Connecting Policy and Practice

Deirdre Torrance, R Murray, C. Forde, Richard Shanks

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The purpose of this paper is to set an agenda for research and informed practice. It provides the opportunity to explore the space between espoused values and leadership practice, the points of translation and mistranslation. The focus for discussion is threefold. First, it seeks to explore what place (if any) social justice values play, as articulated in leadership standards, in setting expectations for and legitimising the actions of school leaders. Second, it provides the opportunity to discuss how we might investigate this and how we might engage the profession in this endeavour. Third, it provides the space to explore how we could develop the interface between a Scottish Network and an international research project. This study is aligned to the conference theme, ‘educational policy and practice: can leaders shape the landscape?’ in its focus on exploring with school leaders how they strive to embed social justice values in school practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBELMAS 2014
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2014
EventBELMAS - Ettington Chase, Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 201413 Jul 2014


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityStratford Upon Avon


  • leadership
  • values
  • social justice
  • professional standards


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