By Jeremy Sutcliffe

ISBN-10: 1441125256

ISBN-13: 9781441125255

"Imagine you have been forged adrift on a barren region island with a college jam-packed with youngsters in determined want of an exceptional headteacher. What 8 features could you are taking with you to run your barren region island school?"

In this inspirational publication, a few of the UK's so much profitable headteachers resolution this query, speaking brazenly approximately what it takes to successfully deal with a faculty at the present time. In candid and relocating bills we pay attention how they've got either circled failing faculties and more suitable extraordinary faculties. Their ideas, from imaginative and prescient, to braveness and resilience, shape the eight key characteristics that are tested extensive in the course of the book.

This isn't really a ebook approximately government-led tasks, top-down versions or politically-motivated makes an attempt to alter the best way faculties are controlled. as an alternative, it makes a speciality of the very important management constituents that profitable heads say paintings for them. It deals crucial insights and suggestion into the demanding situations of operating a college effectively and should be a resource of...

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I also spoke at length to Maggie Farrar at the National College and her insights make an important contribution to the book. I will include two of them here. Firstly, when asked whether headship can be taught, she replied: “Yes definitely. I am not one who believes that great leaders are born. Leaders are made from a combination of the leaders they meet, particularly if they are led by leaders who are outstanding. They learn by watching. They learn by being given opportunities to demonstrate and practise leadership on the job.

What is striking is that while many of the most successful leaders are critical about the damaging impact of performance tables on schools and the quality of learning, none deny the importance of helping their pupils to obtain the qualifications they need to be successful. Having a sense of moral purpose is all very well but in the end it is results that really matter, for pupils as well as schools. Pope believes the two go hand-in-hand. “The buzz phrase is moral purpose and I think that is really important.

AT SJB our vision is about ensuring students fulfil their potential. ” (Appendix 3, see page 168). Llyn Codling, Executive Headteacher of Portswood and St Mary’s Church of England primary schools in Southampton, is another who believes a leader must develop a shared vision a take a school forward. One of the potential pitfalls of leadership is allowing yourself to be driven by your own ego, she says. “It’s about getting that aspect under control in your own mind. You are there to serve a community and therefore you need to get your own ego out of it and look at what is right for that community.

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