Written by the award-winning headteacher of Howe Dell, this is a guide to improving standards, developing leaders and putting pupils at the centre of everything. When Debra Massey took over as Head of Howe Dell it had a deficit budget, falling numbers on roll, poor SATs results and an ever delayed new school build. Within a year the school was oversubscribed and attendance significantly improved - and the pupils say it's down to the school's Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) curriculum. In "Leading the Sustainable School", Debra explains how making leadership the right - and responsibility - of every stakeholder, taking a few risks and using common sense can improve school attainment and enjoyment. Each chapter begins with a case study illustrating a challenge or initiative, followed by action points to apply to your own setting. From developing a team of leaders, to self-evaluation tools, this book offers practical advice on raising standards in an efficient and sustainable way. The companion website for the book features training tools to use with staff and links to useful websites, making this a complete package for current or aspiring leaders.
Debra Massey is Head of Howe Dell school in Hertfordshire, UK. Debra won Head Teacher of East of England 2009 and Howe Dell, the UKs first zero carbon school, won the East of England DCSF Sustainable Schools Award 2010.
Section 1: Sowing the Seeds; 1. 'Growing Leadership from Within' - Where do you start in developing a team of leaders to raise school success?; 2. 'You Can't Please Everyone?' - Encouraging stakeholders voices to be heard by developing a 'no blame' culture and getting rid of stereotypes; 3. 'I Trust You to Make that Decision' - Distributing leadership and feeding the souls of the staff as well as the pupils; 4. 'Children as leaders' - Growing citizens for a stronger world in the future; Section 2: Sustainable Growth; 5. 'Tell You What, Why Don't We Ask the Pupils How They Learn Best?' - Putting pupils at the centre of everything; 6. 'Assessing Areas of Weakness' - Self-evaluation tools; 7. 'Meet Them at the Gates' - Engaging with Governors, parents and the wider community; 8. 'Does Anyone Know Where Lesotho Is?' - Developing a global school and engaging with learning opportunities overseas; 9. 'Cutting the Budget in Half' - Creative management of funding paths; Section 3: Reaching the Tallest Branches; 10. 'Rewriting the Curriculum' - Embedding an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) curriculum; 11. 'Becoming an Outstanding School' - Thinking outside the box, not ticking boxes; 12. 'Sharing the Vision, Extending the Impact' - Best practice for all; Index.