Subject Leadership and School Improvement

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Curriculum and subject leadership in schools has recently gained substantial attention from both researchers and policy-makers. The Teacher Training Agency (TTA) has reinforced the importance of subject leadership in school improvement, proposing a new measure of such leadership competence through the creation of national subject leader standards (NPQSL).

Subject Leadership and School Improvement reflects critically on the work of subject and curriculum leaders especially in schools in England and Wales, that is, those within the policy framework of The National Curriculum and the Teacher Training Agency. The book debates the functions of subject leaders in primary and secondary schools, using current researc

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Dr. Hugh Busher is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education University of Leicester who gained extensive experience of teaching in secondary schools before moving into Higher Education. He researches and teaches to Masters and Doctoral students research methods, the construction of social justice through critical perspectives on the interactions of people, power and culture in mainly school-based learning communities, and the conflicts surrounding students' voices and teachers' development in particular institutional and policy contexts. Along with Dr Nalita James in 2009. he published a book on Online Interviewing with SAGE. He is currently co-leading a project on the learning experiences and changing identities of marginalised adult learners on Access courses.

Dr Alma Harris is internationally known for her research and writing on educational leadership and school improvement. She started her career as a secondary school teacher in South Wales before moving into business development and starting her own company. After completing her Ph D at the University of Bath, she held senior academic posts at the Open University, University of Nottingham and University of Warwick. As Professor of Educational Leadership at Warwick she also held the post of Director of the ‘Institute of Education’ for four years. In 2009, she was appointed Pro-Director and Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London.

During her career, Alma has worked with various governments and agencies around the world supporting their school and system improvement work. In 2010- 12, she was seconded to the ‘Welsh Government’ as a Senior Policy Adviser to assist with the process of system wide reform which involved co-leading the National Professional Learning Communities programme and developing a Masters qualification for all newly qualified teachers. Her on-going development work for the World Bank focuses on supporting schools in challenging contexts in Russia, working with a team from the ‘[1]Moscow Higher School of Economics’. She is also currently co-leading the ‘Disciplined Collaboration and Evaluation of Professional Learning’ programme for the ‘Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’ (AITSL).

Alma is President of the ‘International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement[2]’ which is an organisation dedicated to quality and equity in education. At present, she is Director of the Institute of Educational Leadership[3], University of Malaya and is leading a major two-year research study focusing on leadership policy and leadership practice in Asia.

[1] National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Institute for Educational studies



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Table of Contents

Managing Change within the Subject Area
Managing Federal and Confederate Departments in Schools
Leading and Co-ordinating Diffuse Subject Areas
Being a Curriculum Leader
Helping Colleagues to Improve Learning
Improving Teaching and Learning within the Subject Area
Developing Professional Networks
Working with Parents and Communities to Enhance Students' Learning
The Subject Leader as a Middle Manager
Cultures of Leadership and Professional Autonomy
Managing Self, Developing Others
Professional Development and Action Enquiry
Planning Development and Resource Utilization to Improve Students' Learning
Working with Support and Supply Staff to Improve School Performance
Subject Leadership and School Improvement

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