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A Pastoral Leader's Handbook: Strategies for Success in the Secondary School
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on 16 April 2011
This book has been very useful, it provides very good advice and is very detailed about what the job entails. As it's been written in the last few months, it's very current with useful information about potential changes within the education system. As someone who aspires to work in the year head role, this has been excellent!
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on 2 November 2011
I find Marilyn Nathan's writing compelling. As a person new to being in a management position in an inner-city (London) school, I initially found the complexities of my new role very challenging. Through reading Marilyn's work I have learned about key areas, including Child Protection and managing conflict, which are incredibly important and yet often overlooked in terms of professional development.

Ms Nathan uses case studies to demonstrate theoretical points. The case studies chosen are always highly relevant, compelling and demonstrate the complex nature of many situations we face as school managers. These offer an excellent opportunity to reflect one's own practice in similar situations, while also being guided by someone who is an experienced school leader with a wealth of background experience.

For example the case studies in Chapter 7 deal with `Liaising with External Agencies'; I found these particularly gripping as effective communication between school leaders, support staff and other agencies such as Health Services and Welfare Officers is now a major part of my day to day job. Having said that, this was something I had very little experience in when I was promoted from a classroom teacher to a management position. Ms Nathan offers detailed advice on dealing with specific agencies in a step by step practical way. On several occasions I have been faced with an unfamiliar situation and have referred to these case studies as a reference point on how best to respond.
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on 5 June 2012
Not great value for money, lots of information but very hard to process as it would seem editing and proof reading has a lot to be desired. It it were £5, go for it but at the mid teens in price, its too much money..
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on 17 October 2011
I have never read a book with more grammatical errors in than this.

In addition, the table of contents was highly flawed - taking me to a variety of places other than the one requested. The TOC is a feature which is particularly essential when 'dipping in and out' of a book such as this if used as a reference, which I suggest it is.
Very dissappointed.
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on 7 September 2014
Look great but not made very well. The lense came away from the frame after only a couple runs.
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