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Leadership Matters: How leaders at all levels can create great schools improves the educational outcomes for children by empowering educational leaders in national, regional and local contexts to examine, refine and develop their management skills.


Andy takes in-depth and diagnostic approach, encouraging leaders at all levels in schools to think about their own personal qualities; their specific situation; their own leadership actions; and their own overall leadership approach.

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This updated edition of 'Leadership Matters: How Leaders at All Levels Can Create Great Schools' improves the educational outcomes for children by empowering educational leaders in national, regional and local contexts to examine, refine and develop their management skills.

Andy takes in-depth and diagnostic approach, encouraging leaders at all levels in schools to think about their own personal qualities; their specific situation; their own leadership actions; and their own overall leadership approach.

Featuring a foreword by Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

About the author

A geography teacher by trade, Andy went on to become a headteacher for thirteen years at two schools in east London. In the last year of headship, his school was judged outstanding in all categories and Andy was designated a National Leader of Education.  In 2009 he become a Director at the National College for School Leadership, leading on the London Challenge programme.  He was subsequently responsible for setting up the government’s flagship Teaching Schools programme before being appointed as Managing Director at United Learning, one of the country’s largest academy groups.

Since 2014, Andy has founded two organisations: Leadership Matters and #honk.  Both aim to improve the educational outcomes for pupils by supporting great leadership development.  Leadership Matters is a web-based membership organisation that offers school leaders access to high quality online development tools and other leadership articles, videos and blogs.  #honk is the organisation through which Andy works directly with educational leaders on executive coaching, team development, training and conference keynotes. His website honk.org.uk also offers hundreds of free-to-download leadership resources.

Andy was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA in 2015.  He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the education charity, Ambition School Leadership, which was formed from the merger of Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders.  He is also Honorary Vice President at the Geographical Association and Education Adviser to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Former board membership has included the Teacher Training Agency, the National College for School Leadership, Partnerships for Schools, the Teacher Development Trust and the Teaching Awards.

You can access Andy’s own website at honk.org.uk

Reviews

“Andy’s latest book is a masterpiece, combining the vast expertise and experience he gained as a teacher and school leader with his extensive knowledge of the most useful theory and research into leadership.”
Brian Lightman, former general secretary of ASCL

“A very powerful tool in the hands of school leaders who are determined to do the best for young people.”
Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and former Director of UCL Institute of Education

“This book is an important contribution to the mission we all need to commit to: developing school leaders of the present and the future.”
Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors Association

“‘I cannot think of a more useful book on school leadership. It is full of good sense and practical suggestions, with a strong theoretical underpinning.”
John Dunford, former general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders

“Alive with real examples, this book is – unusually – both an easy-to-apply practical guide and a stimulus for new thinking and fresh possibilities.”
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning

“Rarely will you see the complexities of leadership and management made this clear and translated into a book this useful. Each school leader and would-be-leader should pick up a copy.”
Alex Quigley, Director of Learning and Research, Huntington School, author of The Confident Teacher

“A must read for school leaders. Comprehensive and packed full of evidence and practical wisdom on the characteristics of successful leaders.”
James Toop, CEO Teaching Leaders

“Typically accessible, with practical advice and some excellent analysis and personal insights it is a useful resource for reading in chunks as and when or in one sitting as you prepare for a new challenge. It made me wince and nod within the same chapters as I recognised my traits, successes and mistakes.”
Professor Toby Salt, CEO, Ormiston Academies Trust

“This is an invaluable resource for school leaders not only in the UK but from further afield – highly recommended.”
Susan Douglas, Senior Adviser, Schools, British Council and CEO, Eden Academy

“Andy Buck has created an easy-to-read yet immensely powerful guide for every school leader, a book filled with wisdom, humour and practical guidance. He manages to reach a perfect balance: a mix of inspiration with occasional uncomfortable truths to confront. This is a must-read.”
David Weston, Chief Executive, The Teacher Development Trust

“A clear and compelling argument that collaboration within our schools and across schools fosters strategic thinking and healthy reflection.”
Jill Berry, Leadership Consultant, authors

Contents

Part 1: Your personal qualities
Chapter One: Your leadership predisposition
Chapter Two: Self-awareness
Chapter Three: Personal drive
Chapter Four: Courage
Chapter Five: Humility

Part 2: Your situation
Chapter Six: Those around you
Chapter Seven: Your context

Part 3: Your leadership actions
Chapter Eight: Strategy, vision and values
Chapter Nine: Creating alignment
Chapter Ten: Building and sustaining relationships
Chapter Eleven: Creating and enabling teams
Chapter Twelve: Driving delivery
Chapter Thirteen: Planning and organisation

Part 4: Your leadership approach
Chapter Fourteen: Your leadership styles
Chapter Fifteen: Creating transparency
Chapter Sixteen: Building trust
Chapter Seventeen: Ask First

Additional Information

Author Andy Buck
ISBN 9781911382249
No of pages 202
Format Paperback
Publication Date 26 Apr 2017

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