Wholesome Leadership Preview Chapter 6: Strategic School Improvement & Research

As part of this series of short posts to introduce my book, Wholesome Leadership, today I’m sharing a preview of Chapter 6:  Strategic School Improvement.

Wholesome Leadership is now on sale for pre-order and will be published around the 22nd of May 2018. You can read some of the early reviews or find out how to order here –  www.wholesomeleadershipbook.com 

This chapter sits in the second section of the book which is focused on the ‘head’ of leadership, part of the H4 Leadership Model which captures the heart, head, hands and health of school leaders. It follows on from previous posts I’ve written about the heart of leadership such as ‘Finding your leadership voice’ and Building an Ethos and Professional Culture.

H4 Leadership Model: ‘The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leadership…

Within the chapter, I focus on the importance of building a sensible school improvement strategic and present some ideas and models around how school improvement can be achieved. One of these is the ‘vital organs of school improvement’ – a simple way of looking at how to tackle the nuts and bolts of improving a school.

The chapter also looks at how research can be used more effectively to support school improvement. When I look back at the initiatives we were running in schools 10 years ago, I cringe at how we accepted them so willingly because they sounded like a good idea or perhaps we just had a hunch they were right. Thankfully now, there is a much better conversation taking place around the use of research in schools and I share some thoughts and ideas around how we might engage better in this.

The chapter features two interviews, the first with Sir David Carter, National Schools commissioner who I talk to about his model of school improvement: The 4 Stages of Improving a School. I first heard Sir David talk about this model in 2016 at the Education Festival and find his language a refreshing alternative to the OFSTED accountability labels that dominate too much of the discussion about school improvement across the country.

In the second interview, I talk with Clare Sealy about the use of research to support school improvement. As Headteacher of St Matthias Primary School in Tower Hamlets, Clare has become well-known within the research community in England for the application of research and cognitive science into practice within her school. I enjoyed questioning her about her journey over the last few years and what she has learned.

Here’s a summary of Chapter 6 on a page:

Wholesome Leadership is now on sale for pre-order and will be published around the 22nd of May 2018. You can read some of the early reviews or find out how to order here –  www.wholesomeleadershipbook.com 

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