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School leadership during a pandemic: navigating tensions

Deborah M. Netolicky (Department of Education, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia)

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

ISSN: 2056-9548

Article publication date: 5 June 2020

Issue publication date: 25 November 2020




This paper explores, from the perspective of an Australian pracademic, how school leaders are leading during the global COVID-19 pandemic.


This essay explores the tensions navigated by school leaders leading during this time of global crisis, by looking to research as well as the author's lived experience.


The author finds that school leaders are navigating the following: accountability and autonomy; equity and excellence; the individual and the collective and well-being and workload.


This paper offers insights into school leadership, at all times but especially during times of crisis and during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Netolicky, D.M. (2020), "School leadership during a pandemic: navigating tensions", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. 5 No. 3/4, pp. 391-395.



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