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Shared leadership in education has been the focus of a great deal of activity, but less attention has been paid to shared moral purpose and to the connection between it and shared leadership in the pursuit of learning. The Leaders Transforming Learning and Learners (LTLL) pilot program set out to explore this gap. This paper presents some of the emerging understandings from the pilot, drawing in particular on focus group interviews, journals and web-based discussions as a source of data. The study reinforces the importance of shared moral purpose, but emphasises the need for explicitness which is supported through a common conceptual framework and a consistency in the use of language. The experience of the LTLL schools also affirms the place of shared leadership in the pursuit of authentic learning, but at the same time warns against simplistic formulations of how this might best be lived out.