1st Edition

Innovative School Leadership Transforming Practices

Edited By Gill Richards, Chris Wheatley Copyright 2022
    162 Pages 8 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 8 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written by school leaders, for school leaders, this book shares the work of ten practising, innovative school leaders. It offers insight into practical school developments that have been researched, trialled and reviewed to demonstrate their success at creating positive change.

    With each chapter written by experienced school leaders working in a range of contexts, the accounts of the developments they carried out and the research evidence they collected to measure impact are presented accessibly and succinctly. These developments include:

    • ‘Poverty Proofing’ by breaking down barriers to disadvantage
    • Creating a new holistic approach to appraisal and quality assurance
    • Designing and delivering a new cohesive whole school curriculum
    • Surviving headteacher stress

    Innovative School Leadership: Transforming Practices is an indispensable resource for all current and aspiring leaders wanting to provide the best learning environment for their whole school community.


    Author Biographies

    Chapter 1 "An overwhelming, scrutinised, roller coaster experience – I love it!": New headteachers’ first 100 days

    David S Stewart

    Chapter 2 Bottom of the pile?: How does it feel to go to the east desirable school in the area?

    David Anderson

    Chapter 3 Avoiding headteacher stress

    James Brown

    Chapter 4 Appraisal and quality assurance – a deeper dive: A holistic approach to changing the culture of performance management

    James Hutchinson

    Chapter 5 Developing whole-school research

    Michael Gorton

    Chapter 6 What are you waiting for? Get your school poverty proofed: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage

    Chris Wardle

    Chapter 7 School exclusion – just a holiday?: What can schools learn from experiences of internal and fixed-term exclusion?

    Matthew Sammy

    Chapter 8 Schools’ charity work – who benefits?

    Leanne Mitchell

    Chapter 9 Creating a whole-school curriculum

    Laura Wookey

    Chapter 10 How to improve outcomes for pupils with SEND

    Emily Walker



    Gill Richards is Emeritus Professor of Special Education, Equity and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

    Chris Wheatley is CEO of the Flying High Trust, an education Trust of over 30 schools in the East Midlands, UK.