Prof Louise Stoll


Louise Stoll PhD is Professor of Professional Learning at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at University College London’s Institute of Education and international consultant. Her research and development activity focuses on how schools, local and national systems create capacity for learning in a changing world, with particular emphasis on professional learning communities and learning networks, creative leadership and leadership development. She is also passionate about finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice. She directed a national knowledge exchange project in England, working with middle (teacher) leaders, and is evaluating progress towards an evidence-based teaching system for England’s Department for Education. Other projects include synthesising the findings of teaching school alliances’ R&D national theme projects for the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Louise has been named as one of Debrett’s 500 2016 most influential people in Britain. She is a former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and expert to the OECD, contributing to its Innovative Learning Environments, Transforming Schools into Learning Organisations, Improving School Leadership, and Evaluation and Assessment initiatives.

Keynote :Stand-up leadership for new horizons

New horizons bring new challenges. Addressing these successfully will take leaders into some different territory as they work to ensure that they can create capacity for sustainable learning within, between and beyond their schools. This closing keynote brings together the findings from R&D projects on creative school leadership and adult learners’ experience of a stand-up comedy course, and offers principles for school leadership when encountering new horizons.

Masterclass: Teacher leaders as collaborative catalysts for change

Schools need teacher leaders who take charge of change so that collaboration is as powerful, supportive and supported as can be to ensure that learning-focused creativity is most likely to thrive. This interactive workshop will focus on findings of a project between the UCL Institute of Education and an informal partnership of 300+ schools in England. In this, we explored with teacher leaders what we know about great teacher leadership within and across schools that helps change colleagues’ practice, how they could design ways to track their impact, find powerful ways to share knowledge about great practice within and across schools, and leadership conditions that help develop and embed cultures of shared practice. In the session, you will also engage with tools and processes used in the project and arising from it.