Distributed leadership has been the subject of considerable educational research and discourse in recent years. This thesis explores how it is understood in the post primary school context, with particular reference to its impact on teaching and learning. A study of distributed leadership is particularly timely, as a number of international studies have highlighted the need for leadership to be distributed throughout the organisation with a view to improving student outcomes. Following a preliminary study in one school, the research focused on a study of three schools. As the issues emerged, it became evident that by moving beyond case study to cross-school participation there would be a richer dialogue, participants would learn from each other and impetus would be created for further action. Therefore, three different cross school focus group discussions were held: one with principals and deputy principals, one with teachers holding posts of responsibility and one with teachers not holding posts of responsibility.
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