1st Edition

Leading a School Culture of Learning
How to Improve Attainment, Progress and Wellbeing

ISBN 9780367361143
Published November 26, 2020 by Routledge
184 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

USD $26.95

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Book Description

This practical book is designed to help school leaders develop a sustainable culture of learning across the curriculum. It offers a personal insight into how one school embraced a range of dialogic and analytical tools to create an environment in which all stakeholders were inspired to evaluate and innovate.

Each chapter tackles one piece of the ‘jigsaw’ that makes up a successful school environment, considering topics such as Attitudes for Learning, Coaching for Learning and Love of Learning. Utilising theory, case studies and activities, it illustrates how the reader can realistically and practically increase student attainment in their own school setting.

This book will help leaders:

  • Develop a supportive and encouraging leadership style that will create a cycle of self-improvement and self-efficacy for all
  • Adapt the curriculum to focus on progress and engagement
  • Use the Philosophy 4 Children strategies to promote deeper thinking and enquiry, increasing the rate of school improvement through a system of enquiry based staff professional development

Using an inner-city primary school as a working example, this book will be a source of inspiration and encouragement for school leaders, teachers and school advisors looking to cultivate and embed a love of learning into their school.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Chapter 1: Leadership  Chapter 2: Attitudes for Learning  Chapter 3: Skills for Learning  Chapter 4: Language for Learning  Chapter 5: Coaching for Learning  Chapter 6: Role Models for Learning  Chapter 7: Love of Learning  Chapter 8: Places of Learning  Final Thoughts  References

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Jill Harland has been a teacher and leader in Leeds schools for the past 20 years. She is currently the headteacher of an inner-city primary school. Since starting her headship, Jill has focused on creating a culture of learning. By focusing professional development on a coaching and reflective cycle, she has created a dedicated team, who are passionate about evaluating their work through its impact on pupils. She has spoken at several conferences and now works part-time in schools to facilitate a consultancy role. Her approach to leadership is centred on developing the expertise and passion of everyone involved, regardless of the setting.


Personal, honest, insightful and packed with useful tools and pithy quotations, Jill Harland's book provides both inspiration and information for school leaders who want to make their schools hum with learning.

Guy Claxton, author of Powering Up Your School: The Learning Power Approach to School Leadership