Educational Leadership Simplified
A guide for existing and aspiring leaders
- Bob Bates - Independent Consultant, UK
- Andy Bailey - Independent Consultant, UK
Leading in education is a difficult job to do well. Political, financial and organisational pressures need to be managed smartly and difficult decisions need to be made. Written in Bob Bates' trademark style, this guide offers concise and clear support to help you lead and inspire in education. In collaboration with Andy Bailey, a former headteacher and school inspector with recent Ofsted lead inspection experience, Bob combines practical knowledge of leadership roles in education with robust theories underpinning leadership and management.
Covering a wide range of key areas including team-building, coaching, conflict, change and budget management, creating a supportive work environment and working with various stakeholders - this is the go-to companion for anyone who is, or aspires to be, a senior leader in schools, colleges and other educational organisations.
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An excellent introduction to the skills and behaviours readers will need to be effective leaders. Linking a range of tools and techniques throughout the book, the authors ensure that readers will become proficient in their use and the introduction to a range academic theories. This is a superb starting point for further research.
This book is not intended only for headteachers, but other kinds of leaders in school too, such as curriculum leaders. The writing style is very engaging; it's not over-chatty, but neither is it as dry as dust. What is especially refreshing is that it takes a pragmatic view of things. For instance, are you a leader or a manager? In practice, people tend to be a bit of both. The author's pragmatism may be seen in the kind of topics covered: managing budgets, managing change, managing time, teams and others. Many theories are drawn upon, and are presented in small helpings, usually with bullet points. Case studies of true stories but with names changed serve to both illustrate theories and provide material for theoretical analysis - and the lists of the kinds of people to be found in leadership positions should convince you that, whatever your situation, you are not alone.
Postgraduate courses, particularly those in education, attract students from a wide range of professions. Many of these student's are beginning to enter leadership positions but have often had little theoretical or academic guidance/experience with this. As such this book is once again a vital addition from Bob Bates as it provides a much needed 'spine' for students to flourish and develop their learning around. Highly recommended.
Students can get to grips with the concepts they need to evaluate their potential as leaders
This is very informative and easy to read. Good examples and case studies are used to inform and support the text. Diagrams are also very helpful. This is a great text to support at many levels due to its simplicity whilst also providing good depth.
For all our students who are interested in developing essential leadership skills this is an essential text introducing them to a range of texts and theories to support their reflective process. A excellent accessible introductory text.
This book is structured around some core ideas that will be useful to teachers taking up management roles. It touches on Equality and Diversity, Teams, Motivation, Human Resource Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation amongst other topics. It is written in digestible chunks for easy access of 'dipping in' to different topics too.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Leadership and management