This book makes a unique contribution to current thinking by making a link between two current key policy drivers in education: personalized learning and distributed leadership. Ron Ritchie and Ruth Deakin Crick put forward the idea that an effective means of implementing personalizing learning is to adopt distributed approaches to school leadership. The book builds on the other titles in the "NCE Personalizing Learning" series, particularly "Personalizing Learning: Transforming Education for Every Child" by John West-Burnham and Max Coates. Personalizing learning remains a contested concept, interpreted in many different ways by policy makers, researchers and practitioners. However, it is generally agreed to be desirable if, as a result of its implementation, students' individual learning needs are more effectively addressed and it impacts positively on their learning.
Professor Ron Ritchie is Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the West of England. Dr Ruth Deakin Crick is Senior Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol.