Leading School-based Networks
Routledge – 2009 – 164 pages
The persistent challenge of achieving excellence and equity within education systems has renewed interest in generating context-specific solutions through localised school networks. But how can successful school networks be developed?
Based around the lifecycle of a network, this book traces the development of a network from its initial inception, exploring the ways in which it can be sustained and remain capable of meeting the future challenges faced by schools and their communities. The book explores a series of important issues facing school leaders, including:
The book draws on UK and international research to discuss the development and leadership of networks and to outline a number of tried-and-tested leadership approaches. In addition, the authors draw on their own experience and research to provide accounts of real networks to expose the realities of networking. Each chapter tackles a key leadership issue and ends with a series of tools to support those leading and facilitating networks tackle these in practice.
This book will be of interest to practising school leaders, network co-ordinators, postgraduate students and those researching educational leadership and school improvement.
1. Why get involved in a network of schools? 2. Designing an effective school network 3. Establishing a school network 4. Building leadership capacity 5. Sustaining and developing 6. Facilitating a network 7. Where next?