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The Reality of School Leadership: Coping with the Challenges, Reaping the Rewards by [Parker, Richard]
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'This book presents a fascinating insight into what life is often really like at the chalk face of school leadership. Within a firm academic framework it shows how experienced and effective headteachers approach and deal with the daily issues which affect their lives and the lives of staff and students. All school leaders at whatever stage of their careers will gain something from this book, which fully engages the reader but never becomes a manual. This book is essential reading for anyone who aspires to become a headteacher.' --Ian Abbott, Director, Institute of Education, University of Warwick.

'For any serving school leader or for anyone with aspiration for school leadership this book by Richard and David will provide useful advice, give some insight into the challenges, but most importantly of all will provide a motivation to get involved in a leadership career with the richest rewards. How nice to have a book that is easy to read, has complete intellectual clarity and is unburdened by the shackles that often inhibit a traditional academic publication.

A quote from the book is 'find people in your school and outside it whose opinions and judgement you can trust and use them as sounding boards'. The authors of this book can be trusted and this publication can be a great sounding board for any serious school leader.' --Mike Griffiths, Principal, The Samworth Church Academy

About the Author

Richard Parker spent over 40 years in teaching, nearly half of those as a headteacher. He was an associate tutor at the University of Leicester teaching educational leadership, a research associate with the NCSL and a member of the team at the University of Warwick commissioned to review headteacher succession planning.

David Middlewood is a research fellow at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick and was a headteacher for nine years previous to that. David has authored and edited over 17 books and he is a visiting professor in South Africa and New Zealand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Education; 1 edition (23 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJ5L6BA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a middle leader in a school the world of SLT fascinates me - not I might add, as a career route, but more that I can empathise with the conflicting priorities that SLT need to juggle and that age old "for the greater good" compared to "for the good of the individual"

Good teachers don't automatically make good leaders. And good leaders don't automatically have to have been good teachers. << This is at the heart of SLT in schools. If you've come to the role via excellent pedagogy you have a particular style and view; if on the other hand, you've come to the role via a strong sense of management skills, you will have a different style that other heads -- neither one is right, but undoubtedly there is a tension between the two.

This book is about that tension - it trys (and does so quite well) to show to necessity for SLTs to balance the role of leadership between pedagogy and leadership / management.

I would have liked a stronger exploration of the differences between management and leadership as in my opinion, many schools are managed well, but leadership could be improved somewhat.

The style of the book is readable and unlike some books on school leadership is not overly full of anecdotes.

A good addition to an aspiring SLT's bookshelf.
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