A great deal has happened since Managing Primary Schools in the 1990s was first published in 1985 and updated in 1990. Based on this successful book, Developing Leadership in Primary Schools has been written to emphasize the role of leadership in the 21st Century.
Drawing upon a range of practical and theoretical knowledge, the authors explore all aspects of the leadership role. Professional development, collaboration and self-knowledge are at the center of their approach, in the belief that people prefer to be led rather than to be managed and that leadership applies equally to the work of classroom teachers, as well as to the head.
The purposes and processes of leading and managing primary schools, like processes of teaching and learning are complex. They defy generalized prescriptions, easy analysis and simplistic solutions. In this book the authors explore the intricate processes involved in helping people to be, and to perform, at their best, believing that excellent leaders are judged not only by outcomes, but also by the quality of their vision, their relationships, plans and policies and their commitment to growth and achievement for children and staff.
This is a book for all those who wish to improve their thinking and their practice of leadership.