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1st Edition

Innovative School Leadership
Transforming Practices

ISBN 9780367612160
Published October 26, 2021 by Routledge
162 Pages 8 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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.