How Very Effective Primary Schools Work

Author: Chris James
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847878563
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'Chris James, Michael Connolly, Gerald Dunning and Tony Elliott have produced a comprehensive analysis of the very effective primary school. Although the research for the book draws on the authors' experiences in Welsh Primary Schools, the range of literature cited and the analytical frameworks employed ensure that their findings have a much broader relevance. They define 'a very effective' school as one that provides high levels of attainment and rich educational experiences despite being located in extremely challenging circumstances. A key insight of the book is that although these schools are consequently 'extraordinary' their practice was in many ways quite 'ordinary'. This is because these schools worked in much the same way as the very best of schools have always done. In many ways, this as the authors note, is an optimistic message – that all children deserve to be educated in such very effective schools. The virtue of How Very Effective Primary Schools Work is that it makes clear those characteristics and strategies that can help every school to become great' - David Hopkins, HSBC iNet Chair of International Leadership, and formerly Chief Adviser on School Standards to the Secretary of State 2002-2005 'All children, especially the poorest, deserve capable, mature and well adjusted teachers and leaders who work together to lay firm foundations of learning and behaviour, then enrich and elevate everyone's learning far beyond that in optimistic cultures of security, persistence and hope. Based on solid research from 18 outstanding schools in challenging circumstances, this is the vital message of this important and unique book. Chris James and his colleagues show that highly effective schools need high functioning adults and communities who expect and get the best from everyone, dedicate themselves to others without burning themselves out, are not frightened of challenges and contradictions, stay around to fulfil their obligations to others and see their efforts bear fruit, and are emotionally comfortable in their own skin. If you want to become more effective as a school you will need to become more effective and adjusted as a teacher, a leader and an all-round human being. This inspiring and indispensable book, will stir and steer all who read it in that educationally essential quest' - Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Boston College All good teachers and headteachers are concerned with improving pupil attainment. In high attainment schools, they must recognize how to sustain success. In schools with low attainment levels, they must come to understand the challenges they face and find ways of overcoming the difficulties. This practical, research-based book describes the key approaches used by very effective schools. The authors explain how success can be achieved and maintained and describe ways of working that bring about high levels of pupil attainment. They also explain why these ways of working are successful. This book is essential reading for headteachers, teachers, students of educational leadership and management, school governors, and those who work in local authorities.

Subject Leadership and School Improvement

Author: Hugh Busher
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446237206
Format: PDF, ePub
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Curriculum and subject leadership in schools has recently gained substantial attention from both researchers and policy-makers. The Teacher Training Agency (TTA) has reinforced the importance of subject leadership in school improvement, proposing a new measure of such leadership competence through the creation of national subject leader standards (NPQSL). Subject Leadership and School Improvement reflects critically on the work of subject and curriculum leaders especially in schools in England and Wales, that is, those within the policy framework of The National Curriculum and the Teacher Training Agency. The book debates the functions of subject leaders in primary and secondary schools, using current research-based conceptual frameworks, and considers how they can bring about improvement and change with their colleagues in their subject areas. It emphasizes what is particular about leading and managing the middle realm of education organizations, showing how structural, cultural and individual imperatives and perspectives interact with each other in the professional practice of being a subject leader. The book is of interest not only to subject leaders and curriculum co-ordinators, to help them reflect rigorously on their practice, but also to those responsible for supervising them, such as headteachers and school governors, as well as for those accountable to them. It will be a useful text for serving teachers undertaking higher degrees programmes or programmes for gaining national standards qualifications, the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) as much as for the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Subject Leaders) when it is implemented.

Coaching Educational Leadership

Author: Jan Robertson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857026992
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Coaching Educational Leadership is about building leadership capacity in individuals, and in institutions, through enhancing professional relationships. It is based on the importance of maximising potential, and harnessing the ongoing commitment and energy needed to meet personal and professional goals. Based on over a decade of research and development, nationally and internationally, Coaching Educational Leadership brings you the empirical evidence, the principles, and the skills, to be able to develop your own leadership and that of others you work with. This book: - Challenges you to critically reflect on your leadership and professional relationships - Offers practical activities and exercises - Describes leadership coaching based on reciprocal processes - Seeks to connect theory and practice - Provides a basis for workshop activities in coaching, appraisal, and mentoring. Coaching Educational Leadership will assist educators who believe in the development of leadership at all levels, to dialogue effectively with professional colleagues for the improvement of leadership practice. This book comes highly recommended to those professionals committed to lifelong, experiential learning and reflective practice. An essential addition to the professional development programme. Jan Robertson is Director of London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education.

Managing Special and Inclusive Education

Author: Stephen Rayner
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848607563
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'This book is about putting the theory of effective management and leadership into practice in the constantly changing context of meeting the complex needs of children and young people...It is an excellent resource for those who work in, or who aspire to work in, children's services, education or multidisciplinary settings, at managerial or leadership level' - British Journal of Special Education This book is a guide to special and inclusive education and provides a comprehensive overview of this complex field. The author examines context, policy and practice, and shows how to successfully navigate the managerial challenges involved, while contributing to the way forward through leadership in a diverse field. The author considers the present inclusion imperative with its implications for strategic leadership, planning and provision. He presents an inclusive style of leadership for an integrative management of individual differences in education, as well as a critical review of managing inclusive learning and teaching in school contexts. Written for aspiring and practising school leaders, this book is essential for those with responsibility for inclusion, school leaders in special schools, SENCOs, SEN advisors, and students on SEN management CPD or NPQH courses.

Understanding School Leadership

Author: Peter Earley
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412931924
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`This is a book packed with ideas and insights. It is informed by evidence from school leaders and provides a valuable overview of many important theories and research findings. A strength of the book is the way it pulls together empirical research the authors have conducted over the last 20 years. Such a long term view offers a new and needed long term perspective on school leadership and enables the authors to show how trends in leaders' careers, thinking and practice have emerged and unfolded. Researchers and practitioners alike will find something of value in this book' - Professor Geoff Southworth, Director of Research, National College for School Leadership '[A]n excellent, well-written, extensively referenced, empirically based contribution to school leadership thinking... Earley and Weindling offer valuable insights for all of us: serving headteachers/principles, advisory and distinct-wide policy makers and aspiring headteachers' - Journal of Educational Administration By giving a detailed picture of the rapidly developing field of educational leadership, this book focuses on how to become a more effective manager and on understanding the vital importance of the manager's role in school improvement. Written in a clear and readable style, it contains an extensive exploration of leadership models and management strategies and is based on the latest research. The text is supplemented with case studies of leadership in action. Understanding School Leadership is indispensable reading for those who have a managerial role within their school and for students of educational management.

Effective Educational Leadership

Author: Nigel Bennett
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761940562
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This book is an essential for providers and students of postgraduate level courses in educational management resource and for leadership development provision for head teacher induction programs, NPQH and LPSH. It is also suitable for short courses and for practitioners occupying or aspiring to leadership roles in schools, colleges and other educational organizations.

Living Headship

Author: Harry Tomlinson
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761963820
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`The book has a wide appeal to existing heads, aspiring heads, lecturers and writers about headship. The contributors to this book have lifted the curtain on the realities of headships and, in the process, have added to our understanding of what school leadership is all about these days' - Managing Schools Today Practitioners and trainers understand how vitally important school leadership is to the practice of headship. Living Headship presents the experiences of successful heads working in primary and secondary schools. We hear in their accounts the authentic voices of heads determined to ensure that their leadership enhances the performance of their schools. Some have been in post for many years, and

Educational Management

Author: Tony Bush
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857022210
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`Researchers interested in various aspects of college leadership and management will find this book a convenient and scholarly introduction to related research in the school sector' - Further Education Development Agency, College Research Journal `Educational management has become an important academic subject. The contributors to this volume have gauaranteed its survival as such by undertaking this review in order that they and others working in the field may take account of a range of agendas and initiatives. The outcome must be a fresh stance and a new sense of direction to enable a study of educational managment to meet the needs of teachers and their schools in the new millennium' - Educational Research Educational Management brings together important original contributions from leading thinkers in the field. Edited by some of the key figures in educational management today, chapters examine the following key areas: Has self-management achieved the success predicted for it?; What should be the nature of professional development for educational leaders?; to what extent can education benefit by drawing from practice in business and industry?; can theory inform management practice in education?; how can research contribute to educational improvement?; how can leaders help improve classroom practice? Educational Management is one of the major outcomes of the ESRC ( Economic and Social Research Council) seminar series which aimed to redefine educational management in the light of the many developments in policy, practice, theory and research since the subject became established in the 1970s.

Leading and Managing People in Education

Author: Tony Bush
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761944089
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`In my view this book is to be highly recommended, to students, to academics and to managers. Its strengths of style, comparative perspective, and dealing with up-to-date issues make it a valuable text' - ESClate 'The sequel to the astoundingly accomplished Managing People in Education, this book brings to the reader the latest developments and research in management considering the role of people in schools and colleges against an astute exploration of the key concepts in governance. Tony Bush and David Middlewood help the reader to consider the ways in which individuals function within the workplace, and explore the effective management of the people who comprise the workforce in schools and colleges. There is an impressive use and interpretation of the international research literature, and the authors apply this with considerable insight to the British context of schooling and management. This is an essential read for all those following postgraduate course s in management and governance, and for students of social policy who are taking options in educational studies' - Professor John Doyle, International Journal of Educational Management and Administration 'Leading and Managing People in Education is a completely revised and updated version of one of the most influential books in the field. Bush and Middlewood are two of the best, and best known, writers on this topic today. This is one of those rare texts that is capable of being used by both academics and practitioners since it contains that unusual combination of a wealth of scholarship combined with lifetimes of experience in educational leadership and management. School leaders, advisers, University lecturers, and those engaged in courses of further study will all welcome this text. I have no doubt that it will become of the best known and most widely purchased works in the field' - Mark Brundrett, Professor of Education at the University of Hull Reviews of 'Managing People in Education', the authors' previous book: `Aims to enhance management practice in education by presenting research findings and theory from a wide range of contributors' - Skills and Enterprise Update 'This is indeed a book which could be useful to a much larger readership than the normal closed circle of those working in education' - Managing Schools Today Building upon the success of the highly regarded and best selling text Managing People in Education this new book covers leadership and management at all human resource levels, and spans the whole spectrum of educational institutions. It is based on the most up -to- date research and literature on this topic and directly meets the needs of practising leaders and managers in education, as well as postgraduate students in educational leadership.