The School Leader’s Year
Month-by-Month Progress, Every Lesson, Every Day
This practical handbook offers a month-by-month guide to the curriculum, assessment, progress, and leadership over the school year. It provides a clear, comprehensive, and coherent structure to the academic year helping school leaders to prioritise their time and workload, supporting them and their team to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Considering the statutory and key leadership activities from admissions, induction, transitions, and parents’ evenings to coursework, timetabling, assessment, staff performance, and much more, the book provides a clear plan of action to ensure school leaders have prepared their work at the optimal time over the year. Each chapter features tried-and-tested strategies to help schools put robust systems and processes in place alongside guidance on sustaining pace, developing resilience, and exam preparation and technique.
Full of practical tips to help improve progress and including real-world examples of leadership in action from leaders working in primary and secondary schools, this is essential reading for all school leaders that want their students to be as successful as they can possibly be in every lesson, every day.
Table of Contents
About the author
PART 1 – Autumn Term: Sowing Seeds
PART 2 – Spring Term: Nurturing Growth
PART 3 – Summer Term: Reaping the Harvest
Michael Harpham is the Director of School Leader Development Ltd, a leadership coach, trainer, and former headteacher. He is also author of Progress Plain and Simple: What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Improving Pupil Progress.
"This is a useful book for new and aspiring school leaders, including headteachers. It breaks down the tasks of running a primary or secondary school by calendar month, providing a structural overview of the school year. This will help leaders plan and prioritise their time and workload, and puts the emphasis on impact, keeping the focus on outcomes for school effectiveness." - Jo Sennitt, The School Librarian