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The School Leader's Toolkit
Practical Strategies for Leading and Managing

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November 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This genuinely accessible and clearly-written handbook addresses key everyday topics faced by practicing leaders. It is a practical, non–scholarly guide to various aspects of school leadership, which offers strategies for improvement and guidance on good practice. Providing useful examples and advice, this book shows middle and senior school leaders how to handle difficult decisions and aspects of their roles which can cause anxieties. Some of the topics covered are conflict resolution, school improvement, and preparing for Ofsted.

This is an essential toolkit for every school leader's desk, not only while undertaking CPD, but also right throughout their early careers. Each chapter is written by specialists in the area, and contains:

  • Bulleted opening chapter objectives
  • Vignettes, 'Thinking points', student quotes
  • Case studies, figures and tables
  • A conclusion
  • 'Ideas for best practice'
  • Further book and web reading

It is a no-nonsense, hands-on guide for school leaders, catering specifically for leaders undertaking further professional development and practice-based assessment. It will also be valuable to entry-level graduate students, and practitioners undertaking leadership related professional development such as NPQH, Leadership Pathways and Accelerate to Headship national programs.

 
PART ONE: LEADING AND MANAGING THE SCHOOL WORKFORCE
Mary Dawe
Leading and Managing People
Domini Bingham
Well-Being in Educational Settings
Linda Trapnell
Conflict Resolution
Carol Taylor
Leading Professional Learning and Development
Pauline Lyons
Leading Support Staff
 
PART TWO: LEADING AND MANAGING WITHIN THE SCHOOL
Douglas MacIldowie
Leading and Managing Finance
Jenny Francis
Managing Data
Tom Cragg
Leading the Curriculum
Sue Hellman
Leading and Managing Change
Louise Ishani, Elvira Gregory and Karla Martin
Leading and Managing in an Inclusive Environment
Kim Insley
Using Teacher-Led Research for School Improvement
 
PART THREE: LOOKING OUTWARDS
Barbara and Graham Saltmarsh
Preparing for OfSTED
Caroline Dargan
Creating Effective Networks

'This engaging and very practical book shows how leadership and management should "work" to help meet the challenge of raising pupil achievement'
-Professor Peter Earley, Institute of Education, University of London


'This is a practical, down-to-earth toolkit for a wide range of leadership areas, and the authors helpfully include practical examples and reflective exercises. Any new leader will appreciate this book '
- Gillian Gee, GL Education


This engaging and very practical toolkit indicates how leadership and management should operate to help meet the challenge of raising learner achievement. What I like about this book it accommodates leaders at any level. This is a must-have book.

Professor Sello Mokoena
Teacher Education, University of South Africa
August 5, 2013

This is a great, easy access text for busy leaders alike. It offers- practical readable advice.

While not heavy on theoretical content, it offers a range of practical approaches, which are useful for students because discussions contextualise and ground elements of schools leadership in practice.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
February 28, 2013

Clear, informative and practical. A very valuable resource for school leaders to have on their desk!

Mr Russell Spink
School of Education, Staffordshire University
February 11, 2013

Good useful strategies for in-house leadership exercises.

Miss Liz McGuire
PGCE Secondary, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
December 18, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Leading and Managing People


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ISBN: 9781446201916