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From the Publisher“How can we tackle the impending leadership crisis in schools? With nearly a quarter of headteachers due to retire in the next 5 years we need to replace the ad hoc arrangements of the past with a systematic approach to leadership recruitment. This invaluable book by Peter Earley and Jeff Jones shows the way. Accelerated leadership development is a highly controversial issue, often generating more heat than light. Now in this concise volume we have an essential comprehensive guide which combines rigorous exploration of the concept, detailed examples from the public and private sector, cogent analysis of two major national education programmes and a practical strategy that schools can follow. When I read a book like this I ask the fundamental question – can I use and apply it in my work? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Leadership talent spotting must be seen by schools, consortia and local authorities as a priority. This book gives them the means of doing this which is both professionally credible and practically compelling.”
“This is the first major book to focus on accelerated leadership development, a phenomenon of great contemporary significance, because of the succession challenges facing many developed countries. Peter Earley and Jeff Jones should be congratulated on bringing together the research and literature on this important theme in such a clear and accessible manner. Policy-makers and senior practitioners will find much of value in this book, as they consider how to develop new school leaders.”
"Earley and Jones have focused their insightful and substantive attention on a topic that is highly relevant to both a UK and an international audience. Although the issue of the lengthy period of time to headship is less of a problem in other national contexts, the topic of accelerated leadership development is no less problematic. Because leading schools has become intense and complex and the need for leaders to quickly turn around schools is now a major national policy agenda in the U.S., rigorous and relevant information on the models and approaches of accelerated leadership development is critical. The authors have provided both a theoretical and practical perspective that informs policy, contributes to quality professional development and sets directions for future research."