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You will find our full range of resources on our member site. Below is just a taster of the kind of content that you can access.

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publicationsOur resources are organised into topic areas. Within your chosen topic you can expect to find a concise overview, as well as links to related resources like publications, case studies, videos and practical tools which you can use to explore the subject in more detail.

Our publications provide research on current and best practice, as well as more practical guidance. Examples of our publications can be found in the taster topics above and we have made some of our popular titles freely available to download now.

Good Practice for Leaders

We've teamed up with Good Practice for Leaders to bring you concise, practical learning to help you with everyday tasks and challenges. Take a look at our taster videos to see how they could be of use to you.

You can find out more by viewing short videos on our Leadership Lesson channel or by reading our Good Practice for Leaders flyer.

ldr magazine

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ldr is our online magazine for leaders. The latest edition covers subjects like evidence-based teaching, governance in multi-academy trusts and primary PE and sport funding. ldr is available on our members website.

Online community

online community

The National College online community provides opportunities for members to connect and collaborate with other leaders from across the sector. Members can join or set up online special interest groups and discuss key leadership issues. Read some of our online discussion summaries to get a taste.

Popular publications

A few of our most popular publications are available here. Our full range of titles can be found on our member site.

Leadership of special schools: issues and challenges (November 2013)
This publication provides a brief overview of the issues and challenges for special school leadership.

School leadership evidence review: using research evidence to support school improvement (November 2013)
This publication reviews how research can contribute to school improvement and explores whether and how schools use and promote research evidence.

'Being and becoming': under threes in focus (June 2013)
How two-year-olds accessing education and childcare through the government's Early Education for Two-year-olds offer can be assured of receiving consistently high-quality learning and care experiences, and the implications of this expectation for leadership across the sector.

Report on research into maths and science teaching in the Shanghai region (May 2013)
Research conducted by national leaders of education and subject specialists.

Closing the gap: how system leaders and schools can work together (April 2013)
This report examines how NLEs and teaching school alliances, organised in regional clusters, could work with and support other schools to close gaps in attainment.

Confident school leadership: an East Asian perspective (April 2013)
A short thinkpiece looking at how high-performing systems in East Asia have sought to create confident leaders.

Powerful professional learning: a school leader's guide to joint practice development (November 2012)
The guide sets out to illustrate what joint practice development is, what it can do and the role of school leaders in enhancing its value in improving school outcomes.

The foundations of effective outreach (November 2013)
This publication identifys barriers and suggests creative and innovative solutions for those who work with the most vulnerable families in our communities.

A self-improving school system: towards maturity (October 2012)
Fourth and final thinkpiece by David H Hargreaves that looks at the dynamics of effective inter-school partnerships.