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PUBLICATION: OCTOBER 2019. 


Leaders With Substance is not a handbook. It sets out to change the way we think of leadership and school improvement. It is both a critique, a manifesto, and a call to arms.

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Leadership literature is drowning in abstract theories and models of heroic leadership, but an agreed definition of the term is elusive. School leadership suffers from this lack of clarity and consensus. Generic approaches to school improvement dominate the sector, which have left the workforce feeling anything but 'well led'. What exactly should school leaders know and do? How do we put 'substance' back into school leadership?

This book draws on research evidence to explore the specific things that expert leaders know and do, arguing for a notion of school leadership rooted in the realities of leaders' daily experiences. It presents a case for how school leaders can develop their expertise and, in doing so, places domain-specific knowledge at the heart of school improvement efforts.

Leaders With Substance is not a handbook. It sets out to change the way we think of leadership and school improvement. It is both a critique, a manifesto, and a call to arms.

About the author

Matthew Evans is an experienced, serving Headteacher of a rural, comprehensive 11-19 school in Gloucestershire. He has been in senior leadership positions in schools for 15 years, prior to which he was a classroom teacher and curriculum leader. Matthew won a prestigious National Teaching Award in 2007 and writes a blog on education matters which has been critically well received by notable authors in the field of education.

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'This is, quite simply, the book I wish I had read ten years ago. It dissects the concept of leadership expertise through a complex and original blend of research, philosophy and cognitive science. Even Obi Wan Kenobi can illuminate the persistent problems of school leadership. Intelligently written, it examines different perspectives, offers a wide-ranging research-base, and never dictates. It is far more than a manual or guide, for it eloquently invites you to think about the ‘swampy’ problems inherent in the complexity of school leadership. Offering both solace and humour in a frank and eminently readable style, it cuts to the heart of the issues with concision. Whether you are sunburnt by the early experiences of leadership or weathered by its seasons, Matthew offers an intelligent analysis and exploration of the landscape and ways to navigate it without losing your moral compass. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking read which changes the narrative on school leadership.' -- Emma White, Assistant Headteacher, Gloucestershire

 

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Author Matthew Evans
ISBN 9781912906574
No of pages 262
Format Paperback
Publication Date 25 Oct 2019

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