The New Middle Leader's
Handbook is the definitive go-to guide for all educators looking to
take the leap into middle leadership, those wanting to become better
middle leaders, or senior leaders seeking an authoritative manual for
their school's middle leadership.
Innovatively organised into
chapters around the school year, taking readers from August to July
and covering the full range of problems, challenges and opportunities
they face in one of the most important roles in the school, and
providing them with a framework to strategically plan and shape their
year. Readers can use the book to structure their work into
manageable portions while tailoring its content to their own personal
school context, and its many activities and resources will provide
opportunities for reflection, analysis and creative thinking.
Operating as a practical
manual and designed for easy reference, the book proposes methods,
systems and procedures for: developing a personal leadership style;
managing and driving dynamic change; building a successful team and
challenging resistance; challenging underperformance of staff and
students; using performance management to drive improvement;
monitoring the quality of teaching and learning; tracking and
measuring progress; preparing for inspection or internal review,
including the self-evaluation process; organising meetings and
leading professional development, including the use of the coaching
model; prioritising workload and maintaining a work/life balance;
developing a strategic learning and development plan; creating a
culture of positive behaviour, aspiration and high expectations;
innovating in teaching and learning; and designing a creative
curriculum and curriculum enrichment.
In addition, the book will
guide those wishing to step up to middle leadership through the
application and interview process, providing common-sense advice on
the experience and skills required to become a successful middle
leader. At its core, the book will be a source of stability for
middle leaders that helps them to establish working principles that
transcend changes to examinations, inspection criteria or DfE guidance.
It offers inspiration and
enables a reflective approach to the role. The book is comprehensive
and knowledgeable, but crucially, accessible, written in a style that
will eschew overly academic theorising, trendy soundbites or
patronising waffle. In its final chapters, it looks beyond the first
year to provide guidance on long-term strategic planning, career
development and bridging the gap between middle and senior leadership.
"The New Middle Leader's
Handbook" is the latest definative work that any Middle Leader
shoulf not be without!