Effective Leadership for School Improvement
Routledge – 2002 – 216 pages
In a complex and multi-layered world, the conventional idea of great leadership being the result of the efforts of a single individual is rapidly becoming redundant. This book takes up the challenge of finding an alternative method of leadership in educational contexts, and looks at how this can help achieve sustained improvement in schools.
The authors acknowledge that there are no simple solutions to school improvement. They argue that the effective leaders of the future will be those who are able to share responsibility, build positive relationships and offer stakeholders - teachers, parents and students - an opportunity to work together to improve their schools.
The book is based around four key areas of concern: the changing context of leadership, leadership and school improvement, building leadership capacity, and future direction and implications. In each section, the authors discuss current theories and issues, and put forward alternative ideas and perspectives.
This important book will make valuable reading for headteachers, principles, deputies and other senior teachers, particularly those undertaking leadership qualifications and training. It will also be of interest to postgraduate students and school governors.
'…this book is timely. As well as an overview of theoretical perspectives, it offers a convincing analysis of leadership capacity; drawing usefully on actual examples, it demonstrates how that capacity can be strengthened and develope. It is challenging, stimulating and refreshingly free of jargon. An excellent introduction to the national college courses, and an optimistic pointer to real improvement. Not a book for the bin.' - Michael Duffy, Times Educational Supplement
'For the student of education and the researcher there are succinct and useful summaries of some of the fundamental debates about school leadership.' - David Wood, Oxford Brookes University (escalate website)