Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL): Leading Learning by Improving Instructional Practices in Australia

Anne Bayetto, Tony Townsend

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This chapter describes the Australian Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) programme and discusses what has been learned from seven pieces of follow-up case study research that sought to gather information about what schools did to improve students’ reading. Interviews were undertaken with principals, leadership teams, and teachers, while, in some schools, there was also feedback provided by parents and students. From analysis of the case studies, it became apparent there were common factors that clearly increased the likelihood of positive and sustainable improvements that could be made to students’ engagement, learning, and reading achievement. It was evident that the PALL programme had a unifying effect on participants by providing a framework that supported them in strengthening teachers’ assessment processes, programme planning, and instructional practices. The researchers had affirmed that shared leadership provided a more secure and viable way of working that encouraged teachers to take leadership for the development of reading in their schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Theories of Leading
EditorsTony Townsend
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9783030237363
ISBN (Print)9783030237356
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sep 2019


  • Literacy
  • school leaders
  • school leadership
  • numeracy


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