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Bulldog 12" Premier Scythe - 32" Handle
Bulldog 12" Premier Scythe - 32" Handle
Offered by Rutland Garden Supplies
Price: £20.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Next to useless, 20 July 2013
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This 'bulldog' is less than a pussy cat. It is a cheap, badly designed and poorly made and incapable of doing what the makers claim in any effective sense. Disappointing isn't the word for this piece of junk. The screws come loose, the blade is lightweight and blunt and mine arrived with the handle deeply scratched, screws loose and was obviously previously sent back by some other poor unfortunate. At £26 this is about £20 more than its worth and £22 more than it cost to put this bit of kit together. My advice is not to go near this badly named and misleading "premier bulldog"... a total joke in bad taste...


Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills
Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills
by Marilyn Nathan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the point, 29 Aug 2012
This is a thorough book but for me is way out of date. It accepts the status quo and fails to explore vertical tutoring and systems thinking and this makes it factorial in essence and that is not a good management/leadership thing. Written before the explosion in VT


Deliverology 101: A Field Guide For Educational Leaders
Deliverology 101: A Field Guide For Educational Leaders
by Michael Barber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear, 9 May 2012
Michael Barber helped by his new pals, has at last made the full shift to a USA approach to achieving nothing. If this is the stuff that drives US school improvement, it is unlikely to improve schools. Deliverology failed in the UK and it is failing or will fail, in the USA. It is in fact a failure in systems thinking. To say that this is a tedious read is an understatement. It takes me back many years to when school improvement started out and has clearly moved on not one jot. I could find nothing new and much that was without value. I cannot believe that some claim this to be a best seller: why?


Do Parents Know They Matter?: Raising achievement through parental engagement
Do Parents Know They Matter?: Raising achievement through parental engagement
by Alma Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hear We Go Again, 31 Aug 2011
This book tries hard and is worth a look even if only to back up the importance of parents. That is the good news. Let us take three researchers, a whole bunch of research and some schools where the staff are really trying hard to make busted (mainly YEAR) systems work in the way all schools do. Let us then take on board a whole raft of ideas and present them as drivers, approaches and solutions. For me nearly every approach mentioned falls dangerously short of what is needed to promote learning partnerships and simply reinvents the factory school. If there is any group that fails to understand schools as organisations it is researchers. They simply do not 'get it' but think they do. The book title somehow patronising and presents parents as something less than what they are. Parents do matter and it is for schools to forge the key partnership links to ensure this remains so. However, any school that has Year pastoral care systems will never do this well...remotely well. How a school functions as a learning system is critical. Parent partnership has to be built in to the system not added on. Think customer care as a starter.
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Learn to Transform: Developing a 21st century approach to sustainable school transformation
Learn to Transform: Developing a 21st century approach to sustainable school transformation
by David Crossley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Again, 13 Sep 2010
This is another book that promotes school improvement but (sadly) through a combination of the usual luminary suspects posing their transformational views. As such it calls upon leading names well known to students but ones that have, as yet, failed to improve schools. All, however, talk a good transformational game. Another approach is to call upon school-based evidence and within this cocktail is the problem of leadership (not good enough, apparently). Learning to transform does not enable learning to transform despite being an interesting glance at current work. If there is a failure of leadership (schools have plenty of leaders of high quality)we need to look harder at the NPQH, the NCSL and those whose advice and research is heard. This makes the book paradoxical. Another update but still no real transformation and massive assumptions throughout.


Vertical Tutoring
Vertical Tutoring
by Peter A Barnard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vertical Tutoring, 22 Aug 2010
This review is from: Vertical Tutoring (Paperback)
This book pretty well destroys the Year system approach to schools and throws out challenges left right and centre which makes this book uneasy reading for many. Research has largely failed and everyone in schools has ended up doing everybody else's job in a top-down, factory system; teachers are seen to be not to blame while the SYSTEM is! This book combines three key areas; group psychology, systems thinking and customer care. Without these 'leadership is meaningless'. 'Most schools that go VT mess-up' as a result and remain system victims. Great stuff and really useful... There are also references to Deming as a key systems thinker and his 14 Principles are adapted to schools. It is a bit like an instruction manual on building a values-led school.
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System Leadership in Practice
System Leadership in Practice
by Rob Higham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Again!, 19 July 2010
Sadly for the esteemed writers, none really seems to understand what a learning system as opposed to a top down management and teaching system is or indeed how the two are linked as a learning / school process. Far from being an original book, it hops on the latest innovation bus that still seems to be vaguely functional. It misses the point. First and most importantly, a school learning process is built (or should be) on learning relationships and this cannot be achieved properly in schools driven by horizontal systems. They simply do not work as a system or process, a point completely missed. As the authors, divorced as they are from real schools (rather like Collarbone et al), still seem to believe that the basic system is OK but can be somehow fixed by leadership adaptations. None of these authors or the other recommended authors attached to the page appear to actually understand management systems. All very predictable and disappointing: old culture posing as new. Each laud's the other's work and so perpetuates stale ideas and stagnation in education...


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