Brave Heads: How to Lead a School Without Selling Your Soul

Brave Heads: How to Lead a School Without Selling Your Soul

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by Dave Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 1781350485

ISBN-13: 2901781350484

Pub. Date: 03/19/2013

Publisher: Crown House Publishing


HOW TO LEAD A SCHOOL WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL
School leadership brings with it tremendous pressure from the government for results at all costs. It’s the outcome that counts (and the league tables), not the process. Which means, now more than ever, for genuine leaders leading schools in the right direction for the right reasons, bravery is key. Dave…  See more details below

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HOW TO LEAD A SCHOOL WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL
School leadership brings with it tremendous pressure from the government for results at all costs. It’s the outcome that counts (and the league tables), not the process. Which means, now more than ever, for genuine leaders leading schools in the right direction for the right reasons, bravery is key. Dave Harris is well placed to write the ultimate guide to bravery in school leadership. As the principal of a high-profile brand new Academy he has had to stand by his beliefs about the role of the school in the community – ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint’ – despite the pressure to forget genuinely educating young people and just focus on ‘floor targets’. A book for every leader who wants to make a genuine difference (and get great results, as Dave has done)!

Brave Heads is a personal account, a smart synthesis of current thinking about leadership and an invitation to reflect on and review how leadership might need to change to respond to a turbulent and often contradictory environment. It is a powerful and very welcome addition to the literature on how leadership needs to develop in order to create an educational system rooted in authentic values and a belief in the transformational potential of schools.
John West-Burnham, Professor of Educational Leadership, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham

Brave Heads works both as a very useful handbook full of practical tips that any new head teacher would be wise to adopt and a timely reminder to more experienced leaders about what matters most in schools. For both, it emphasises the perennial privilege of being a head teacher – being a driver of change that benefits children and communities.
The book takes a refreshing look at both the challenges and the joys of leading a school, describing the bravery needed by head teachers in respect of facing up to external political imperatives, curriculum design and delivery, securing short- and long-term success, the leadership styles necessary at different times and the wealth of research into school leadership that can have real-world relevance and application.
Mike Butler, Chief Executive, Djanogly Learning Trust, Director of the Independent Academies Association

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901781350484
Publisher:
Crown House Publishing
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
180

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Bravery is looking the inspectors in the eye
2 Bravery is keeping your head when all about you are losing theirs
Brave Politics
3 Bravery is pointing out how predicable politics can be
4 Bravery is remembering how stupid the system can be
5 Bravery is accepting slightly less than perfection
6 Bravery is having the strength to see KPIs for what they are
7 Bravery is not always dancing to the political tune
8 Bravery is having the strength to do things your way because deep down you know your way is the right way
Brave Curriculum
9 Bravery is giving teachers the space to encourage genius
10 Bravery is having the courage to have fun – and expecting your staff to do the same
11 Bravery is encouraging your staff to let go of the belief that their subject is the most important thing in a child’s life
12 Bravery is keeping your eye on the marathon whilst you are performing the sprint
13 Bravery is not always being serious at times of great importance
14 Bravery is not changing things, at least some of the time
15 Bravery is not making transition to the new school all about the new school
16 Bravery is having jobs, rooms and people that no one else does
17 Bravery is believing that creating opportunities for success outside the classroom will lead to increased success within it
18 Bravery is dancing when others expect you to lecture
19 Bravery is knowing you have to feed their bodies as well as their minds and not cut costs in the process
20 Bravery is never using those commercially produced ‘success’ posters, trusting your students to come up with
something ten times better and turning that into artwork
around the school when they do
Brave Leadership
21 Bravery is knowing that school leadership is not all about
you
22 Bravery is knowing what sort of leader you are
23 Bravery can be breaking the rules, but sometimes it is sticking to them
24 Bravery is focusing on your community’s success and not
your own
25 Bravery is recognizing your faults
26 Bravery is creating the space for your plants to grow
27 Bravery is knowing yourself – and being honest enough to act accordingly . .
28 Bravery is serving the community around you
Brave Research
29 Bravery is not being scared to look research in the eye
30 Bravery is a number of factors
31 Bravery is knowing whether you’re leading from the front or the centre of the school .
32 Bravery is not feeling you have to play the big, brave hero
33 Bravery is having a moral purpose
34 Bravery is not being scared to show your passion
35 Bravery is not accepting the status quo
36 Bravery is portraying yourself as the lead learner
37 Bravery is not being one-dimensional
38 Bravery is recognizing the balance between the who and the what
39 Bravery is admitting when you don’t know the meaning of a long word
40 Bravery is giving permission to people to give a new story
41 Bravery is reminding every adult that every child should be at the centre of the change
42 Bravery is giving the pupils real power to change their schooling
43 Bravery is releasing the trapped energy of your school
44 Bravery is accepting responsibility for having happy staff
45 Bravery is facing up to the fact that poor staff behaviour may be a reflection of poor leadership
46 Bravery is focusing on good teaching and helping teachers aspire to it
47 Bravery is making sure you meet parents more than halfway
48 Bravery is having the courage to involve the community in your success as a school leader
49 Bravery is not trying to find someone to blame
50 Bravery is giving your leadership away
51 Bravery is working with the people you have rather than the ones you wish you had
52 Bravery is sometimes being a simple principal
53 Bravery is knowing that a team is a collection of individuals
54 Bravery is knowing you don’t have to do it alone
55 Bravery is knowing when a banner is just a banner .
56 Bravery is knowing the huge impact your actions will have on learning
57 Bravery is looking at yourself in the mirror (one of those magnifying ones that shows up everything!)
58 Bravery is collecting information rather than data
59 Bravery is making mistakes and then letting others
know you made them
60 Bravery is carrying on despite the huge doubts you have
in your ability
61 Bravery is rejecting the cheats, short cuts and snake oil that appear when you go in search of the quick win
62 Bravery is looking for arguments
63 Bravery is knowing that having authority is not the same
as using authority
64 Bravery is you
Steps to Being Brave
Bibliography

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