The best principals allow teachers, parents and others to have a say in decision-making, according to a study that shows that "collective leadership" also improves student achievement. The study, prepared for the Wallace Foundation, found that successful principals established a set of conditions that allowed educators to improve teaching and learning. "It is not the case that the principal is the only person who can lead a school to higher achievement," said the foundation's director of research and evaluation. "If nobody in a school, or few people in a school, see it as their priority, then that school has a big problem."

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