Mark Chidler, PGCE Course Coordinator, Newman University, Birmingham
Middle Leadership for 21st Century Schools is a most timely publication: a book that gets to the heart of leadership through a clear and substantiated narrative accessible to all.
It is an informed and well-written text that helps readers get past the -œwhat- of leadership by succinctly and eloquently exploring the -œwhy-. Bill Lowe draws from his broad professional experience to illustrate key ideas and concepts, whilst constantly reinforcing these with a wide variety of academic references, and shares a wealth of advice and commentary on what constitutes professional practice. He also provides a range of practical activities and accompanying reflections that guide the reader through the fundamental differences between managers and leaders. Importantly, he also covers system leadership -“ which is so pertinent considering the shifting educational landscape of school leadership with the emergence of alliances and multi-academy trusts.
Quite simply, Middle Leadership for 21st Century Schools is a vital resource for all who aspire to lead and for all who do lead.
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