Home learning environments

Chapter 9: Leadership of Family Learning

Good leaders are very joined up in their thinking, bringing people together… we don't see barriers - we create ways through challenges.

Saeeda Butt , PPEL Manager, Sandwell MBC

Chapter Overview

This chapter draws on the experiences of leaders of family learning initiatives to highlight leadership vision for successful and sustainable work. We consider pedagogical leadership focused on partnership-working with parents. Accounts of successful, passionate leaders highlight the principles of diversity, inclusion and communication in family learning leadership.

Chapter Objectives:

  • To explore underpinning principles of leadership

  • To consider how family learning leaders understand and respond to diversity in home learning.

  • To reflect on effective communication, securing resources and multi-agency working.

  • To highlight vision and partnership.

Further Reading

Murray, J. and McDowall Clark, R. (2013) Reframing leadership as a participative pedagogy: the working theories of early years professionals Early Years, Vol. 33, No. 3, 289–301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2013.781135
This paper challenges traditional notions of leadership and offers a new vision of leadership as participative pedagogy.

Campbell-Barr, V. and Leeson, C. (2015) Quality and Leadership in the Early Years: Research, Theory and Practice London: Sage
This book argues that the development of good quality provision for children birth to five years is a fundamental goal of leadership.

Garner, W.G. and McCarron, G. P. (2020): Developing leadership in early childhood education and care through the integration of theory, policy engagement, and advocacy, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/10901027.2020.1799117
A report of how students given opportunities to experience involvement in policy engagement and advocacy in their initial award bearing courses were better equipped to be change agents in early child care and education.