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Middle leadership mastery
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Middle leadership mastery: a toolkit for subject and pastoral leaders

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781785835346

Publication Date: 26 May 2021

Subject: Education

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 12, Year 13)

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To make the best decisions possible, middle leaders need to have a nuanced understanding of the consequences of their actions. In this pragmatic book, Adam Robbins aims to boost their role-specific expertise to help them achieve that goal - and offers them a preferable alternative to learning from their mistakes.

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Summary

To make the best decisions possible, middle leaders need to have a nuanced understanding of the consequences of their actions. In this pragmatic book, Adam Robbins aims to boost their role-specific expertise to help them achieve that goal - and offers them a preferable alternative to learning from their mistakes.
Instead of relying on generic leadership theories, Middle Leadership Mastery collates perspectives from psychology and cognitive science to share evidence-informed guidance on a wide range of topics - from supporting staff and students in crisis and managing wellbeing, to quality-assuring teaching and curriculum design.
Adam Robbins draws on his sixteen years' experience of teaching in a deprived area to illustrate his points with stories and anecdotes from the front line, demonstrating how middle leaders can better understand their context and deliver the best outcomes from a variety of starting points.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
How to use this book
Chapter 1: Leading the curriculum
Why is the first chapter about curriculum?
Knowledge-rich vs 21st-century skills
The case for a knowledge-rich curriculum
Your curriculum ethos
The range and scope of your curriculum
Sequencing your curriculum
How can we evaluate the curriculum?
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 2: Leading teaching and learning
The 'expert visit'
What is learning?
The model of working memory
Principles vs practices
Routines: the secret to successful lessons
Student motivation
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 3: Leading assessment
Assessment theory
Validity and reliability
But what about English?
Aggregation is our friend
Curriculum backwash
What can we do then?
Awarding grades
Building an assessment system
Question level analysis
The workload element
Final thoughts
Assessment decisions by design
Recap
Reflection
Chapter 4: Leading quality assurance
Proxies for learning
Gaming the system
Creating your quality-assurance process
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 5: Leading teacher development
Why don't we just get rid of all the weak teachers?
How do schools often go about improving teaching and why doesn't it
work?
What are desirable difficulties?
Creating a culture of continuous improvement
What does the evidence say?
A word on inquiry work
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 6: Decision making
Biases we all suffer from
Opportunity cost to impact ratio
Delegation
Getting the most out of meetings
What are meetings for?
How to structure a meeting
Budgets and bills
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 7: Pastoral issues
Why is there a chapter on pastoral issues?
Dealing with students in corridor situations
Transactional analysis: why we should talk to students like adults
The Ben Franklin effect
The familiarity switcheroo
Dealing with parents and guardians
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 8: Leading others
Department dynamics
Managing change
The elephant, the rider and the path
The power of the first follower
Managing up
Giving and receiving feedback
Recap
Reflect
Chapter 9: Wellbeing
Adlerian psychology
What can we change when we can't change the school?
Helping a member of staff in crisis
Recap
Reflect
Conclusion
Bibliography

Category
ANF
Subject
Education
Dewey
371
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Pub. date
26 May 2021
Edition
Original
ISBN
9781785835346
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Binding
Paperback
Pages
192
Width
192mm
Height
222mm
Weight
411g
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Product dimensions
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A4

192mm x 222mm

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