Headstrong: 11 Lessons of School Leadership draws on Sally's experience of 40 years of working in challenging schools, and a decade of leading some of the toughest schools in London and shows aspiring leaders how to create vibrant centres of learning in our most broken communities.
Headstrong – named after the proactive, personal and robust leadership which she advocates – will resonate with ambitious leaders beyond education. It consists of 11 chapters, each exploring one aspect of the challenge of leadership.
Sally is currently named in Britain’s 500 most influential people by Debrett’s and has gained a national profile through speaking at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference and by chairing the government's recent Teachers' Standards review. She regularly speaks at educational conferences in the UK and overseas and appears frequently on national news media discussing educational policy.
Introduction: The tragedy of a failing school
Lesson 1: Lead from the front
Lesson 2: Be courageous: have high expectations of all
Lesson 3: Create a professional culture of good will and mutual support
Lesson 4: Let teachers teach
Lesson 5: Establish a culture of transparency and accountability
Lesson 6: Treat students as individuals and provide personalised intervention
Lesson 7: Create clear systems and structures
Lesson 8: Cultivate a bullet-proof culture and ethos
Lesson 9: Develop the whole child
Lesson 10: Schools don’t operate in a vacuum
Lesson 11: The pebble and the mountain
Reviews of Headstrong
Toby Young, founder of the West London Free School: “I’ve seen Sally Coates up close – shadowed her on the job for weeks on end – and she’s something to behold. She’s a phenomenon, sweeping through school corridors like a tornado, making improvements wherever she goes. It’s not just her wealth of knowledge, but her sheer force of personality. She reminded me of Margaret Thatcher and, if she’d gone into politics, I have no doubt she would have risen to the top. But she didn’t. Thankfully, she became a headteacher and tens of thousands of schoolchildren have had their lives transformed as a result. If we could only clone her, we’d have the best public education system in the world."
Comments on Sally Coates:
· Michael Gove: “A great headteacher”
· Toby Young in the Telegraph, October 2011: “Burlington Danes in Shepherd's Bush is a fantastic comprehensive, one that's been completely transformed by the leadership of its excellent headmistress Sally Coates.”
· David Cameron, 9.11.11: “Just take this one fact. Take two schools – Burlington Danes Academy and Walworth Academy…they are both in relatively deprived parts of Inner London with high proportions of students on free school meals. But you know what? Last year, 70 per cent of Walworth students and 75 per cent of Burlington Danes students got 5 or more good GCSEs including English and Maths. Compare that with Surrey and Oxfordshire – the counties that Michael and I represent. Only 16 state secondary schools in these two relatively affluent counties did better than those two inner city schools. Put another way, more than 4 out of 5 state schools in Surrey and Oxfordshire are doing worse than 2 state schools in relatively deprived parts of inner London. That must be a wake-up call. Why is there this difference?”
· Michael Gove, 3rd May 2010 on the BBC “…high standards, rigorous traditional teaching. Where do you get them at the moment? …go to Burlington Danes…[it] has the freedom to give parents what they want…”
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|Author||Dame Sally Coates|
|No of pages||272|
|Publication Date||23 Feb 2015|