The Reality of School Leadership Coping with the challenges, reaping the rewards

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-07-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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School leadership can be both immensely rewarding and deeply challenging. Headteachers are under intense pressure when dealing with issues that can range from dealing with difficult parents and the aftermath of tragedy or scandal, to the day-to-day challenges of juggling the many different priorities involved in keeping the school, students and staff, moving forward.
In their inspirational new book experienced headteachers Richard Parker and David Middlewood, bring together the personal and professional experiences of successful headteachers and principals, from both primary and secondary schools, to provide a real life guide to the challenge of leadership in education. The focus of the book is not on idealised theories of leadership but on the pragmatic realities faced by school leaders today. It provides practical guidance and advice on key areas including:
- Ideas and strategies for effective leadership
- Juggling priorities and avoiding possible distractions
- The importance of people-centred leadership
- Transferable skills and the unique nature of the job
- Maintaining passion and optimism and minimising fear and apprehension
- Developing leadership skills without losing your individual personality and values

The Reality of School Leadership is a must read for all current and aspiring leaders, eager to reap the rewards of the challenging profession of headship.

Author Biography

Richard Parker is Principal of The Beauchamp College in Leicester, a multi-ethnic community college of well over 2000 students which is a high performing specialist college as well as a leading exponent of the philosophy and practice of extended service provision.

Table of Contents

1. What Makes School Leadership Unique? \ 2. What Makes School Leadership Challenging and Rewarding? \ 3. Finding Your Own Leadership Style \ 4. Being Aware: Remember What You Are Getting Paid For \ 5. How To Keep The School Buzzing \ 6. Managing Change \ 7. Dealing With The Trickier Internal/External Pressures \ 8. Keeping Up To Speed \ 9. Next Steps: Moving On? Moving Out? \ 10. Final Reflections: Taking Control Of Your Future

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