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Creating a Strong Culture: A Positive Climate for Schools

June 2, 2023

If there is one thing that school leaders need to get right, it is school culture. When they do, children learn more and colleagues have a stronger sense of purpose - they are more motivated and ultimately more fulfilled. Creating a strong culture and a positive climate requires an understanding of the complexity of school life and this begins by building knowledge. This book supports leaders to do just that. Drawing on ideas from different domains, this insightful book reveals the role of concepts such as autonomy and trust in school improvement. Each chapter sets out the specific knowledge and expertise required by school leaders for great cultural leadership and offers practical examples and case studies to show how they can be applied in different school contexts. Creating a Strong Culture and Positive Climate in Schools is an essential lens through which to examine the common problems faced by school leaders. It is invaluable reading for all those wanting to become more expert in school leadership and to better solve the everyday problems that arise from leading a school. What do we think? "Creating a Culture" is a must-read book. It offers a comprehensive framework for understanding the factors that shape school culture and provides practical strategies for building a positive and supportive climate for all students and staff." Quotes from the book "Culture is the underlying set of beliefs, values, and assumptions that shape the behavior of a group of people." "A positive school culture is one in which staff and students feel safe, respected, and valued, and are committed to achieving high standards of excellence." "Effective communication is essential to building trust, fostering collaboration, and creating a positive school culture."


My School Governance Handbook

June 1, 2023

With nearly two decades of school governance experience across Infant, Primary, Secondary, All Through and Alternative Provision schools and academies, distilled into an easy-to-read format, My School Governance Handbook aims to make the complex world of school governance simple and accessible to all. This handbook will take you step by step through the basics of school governance, what the role entails and what you need to know. It explains how schools and multi academy trusts are structured, the key areas of school life you need to understand, relevant questions to ask and finally, includes a handy dictionary to help you navigate your way through all those pesky education acronyms. Including ideas and guidance from other experienced governors across the UK, 'My School Governance Handbook' is the perfect companion for any school governor or trustee. Key Quotes from the book: "Effective school governance is about working collaboratively and strategically to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education." "Governing boards have a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of their schools, ensuring that resources are allocated effectively and that the needs of all students are met." "Good governance is not just about complying with regulations and policies, but about developing a culture of accountability and transparency." "Communication is key in effective school governance, and governing boards must ensure that they are communicating effectively with all stakeholders." "Schools must ensure that they are meeting the needs of all students, including those with disabilities, in accordance with legal requirements and best practice." "Managing budgets and finances can be a complex and challenging aspect of school governance, but it is essential to ensure that resources are allocated effectively." "Effective school governance requires a commitment to continuous improvement, with governing boards regularly reviewing and evaluating their own performance." "School safety is a top priority for all schools, and governing boards must ensure that they have robust policies and procedures in place to keep students and staff safe." "Governing boards must be aware of the impact of politics on education and must ensure that they are making decisions based on what is best for students, rather than political agendas." "Student discipline is an important aspect of school governance, and governing boards must ensure that their schools have clear policies and procedures in place to promote positive behavior and manage behavior that falls outside of acceptable norms." What do we think? "My School Governance Handbook" by Al Kingsley is a must-have book for anyone who is involved in running a school. It gives you a complete and useful guide to the legal and regulatory frameworks as well as the day-to-day challenges of school governance. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their understanding and effectiveness in this important field.


Obstetrics for Schools

June 1, 2023

In Obstetrics for Schools: A guide to eliminating failure and ensuring the safe delivery of all learners, Rachel Macfarlane presents a powerful manifesto for school leaders and teachers on how they can bridge the advantage gap and deliver positive outcomes for all pupils. In most parts of the world, the death of a baby in childbirth is now a rare tragedy rather than a common occurrence - and it would be considered shocking for medical staff to accept a significant infant fatality rate. It's also inconceivable that a hospital would have a successful delivery target much below 100%. How could anything else be acceptable in this day and age? Yet there is an expectation, and acceptance, of 'baked in' educational failure for around a third of 16-year-olds in UK schools each year. Such outcomes need addressing, and this book does just that. In Obstetrics for Schools, Rachel Macfarlane draws on her experience as a head teacher and system leader to share a multitude of practical strategies for overcoming potential barriers to success, presenting case studies and examples of effective practice from schools across the country. The book illustrates an up-to-date and research-informed picture of the current state of the education system and offers sage guidance on how schools can do more for each and every student. In doing so, Rachel provides a range of fresh approaches to school provision which have been proven to have an impact in a variety of challenging contexts. Each chapter focuses on a key potential barrier to success and offers school leaders and practitioners a range of strategies to help dismantle them. The book also provides guidance on strategic planning, as well as a variety of ideas and inspiration for staff training. Suitable for school leaders and teachers in all phases, from early years to sixth form, and in both mainstream and special education. What do we think? An insightful and practical book that offers a unique perspective on education with strategies for improving teaching and learning, as well as addressing broader systemic issues such as inadequate resources, poverty, and social inequality.


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