• Sustaining Resilience for Leadership

    I began reading this book in the Christmas break, having just finished my first term as a headteacher. It helped to energise me and make me ready to lead again, come January. Workload and wellbeing are hot topics in education and Julia Steward uses recent research, with some (often amusing) anecdotes, to remind headteachers to

    5.00 Jan. 19th, 2019 | Reviews

  • Books to buy teachers for Christmas

    For policy nerds Natural born learners By Alex Beard Publisher: Orion Natural Born Learners is not dissimilar, in scope or ambition, to Lucy Crehan’s Cleverlands. But while Crehan’s focus is school system design, Beard travels the globe visiting cognitive scientists, tech companies and schools to investigate the science of learning. The tone is of unbridled

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2018 | Reviews

  • The Learning Imperative

    As a self-confessed educational-leadership-book junkie, I was interested to see how effectively The Learning Imperative, which focuses on a range of workplaces rather than schools per se, would get to the nub of professional development: learning. I encourage readers who, like me, might be initially put off by the endorsement of “progressive management”, the lack

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2018 | Reviews

  • Improving School Governance: How better governors make better schools

    Schools are complex places, as is the process of governing them. Potential recruits to governance often find the workload and responsibility daunting, leaving many boards lacking the people and skills they need to fulfil their responsibilities. Any resource that can aid governors has to be welcomed. This book is just that! You can dip in

    19.00 Dec. 6th, 2015 | Reviews