23 Resources to Start You on Your Edu Leadership & Management Journey by @DrCWebbBAPhD


Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to up your game and start doing more around school, giving more of yourself in your teaching career? Perhaps you feel like now is the time to start making the transition from teacher to educational leader/manager. If so, there are a number of avenues to explore. You can start to think about what experience you have and what you might need, you might start looking for jobs or try for internal promotion, or just seek out ways of taking on more responsibility. You could also investigate and embark on a DfE NPQML or NPQSL. And there’s also the slightly more in depth and academic MA Education in Leadership and Management route. Whichever option you decide on, reading around the issue and talking to others with experience will always help.

This blog post presents a summary of 23 resources to help you start that journey.

3 Twitter accounts to follow that will prove useful in terms of support and information:

  1. @NewToSLT – https://twitter.com/NewToSLT
  2. @SLTChat – https://twitter.com/SLTchat
  3. @JillBerry102 – https://twitter.com/jillberry102

4 online news articles by Jill Berry that will help set you in the right direction:

  1. Stepping Up: What Makes a Great Head of Department: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/feb/26/head-of-department-schools-career-advice
  2. 10 Top Tips for Teachers Heading into School Leadership Teams: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/aug/26/top-tips-teachers-school-senior-leadership-team
  3. Becoming a Headteacher: 4 things future leaders need to know: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/jan/24/becoming-a-headteacher-what-future-leaders-need-to-know
  4. Support Versus Challenge: How school leaders can strike the right balance: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/apr/17/support-vs-challenge-how-school-leaders-can-strike-the-right-balance

1 Free Kindle book to obtain more leadership insights:

  1. High Challenge, Low Threat: How the Best Leaders Find Balance, by Mary Myatt: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/190971786X/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_32CWzb4BEK5BR

3 Edu blogs to follow and explore to get you thinking about relevant issues:

  1. https://teacherhead.com/
  2. https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/
  3. carolslearningcurve.com – e.g.:
    1. Analyzing and Identifying Personal Educational Leadership Needs, by @DrCWebbBAPhD: https://carolslearningcurve.com/2017/11/21/analysing-identifying-personal-educational-leadership-needs-aspects-to-research-and-tools-to-help-analyse-sltchat-womened-womened/
    2. Starting to think about the bigger picture – education policies and where they come from: https://carolslearningcurve.com/2017/11/17/educational-leaders-do-you-know-where-your-policies-come-from-at-the-global-and-international-level-by-drcwebbbaphd-sltchat/

4 great TED talks on leadership:

  1. How Great Leaders Inspire Action, by Simon Sinek: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
  2. Why Good Leaders Make you Feel Safe, by Simon Sinek: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_why_good_leaders_make_you_feel_safe
  3. What it Takes to be a Great Leader, by Rosalinde Torres: https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader
  4. Everyday Leadership, by Drew Dudley: https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership

3 other useful books available through Amazon:

  1. How to Become a School Leader, & Leadership for Learning, by Matt Bromley: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-School-Leader-Leadership-Learning/dp/1491065346/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515818153&sr=8-2&keywords=how+to+become+a+school+leader
  2. Becoming a School Leader, by C Bonnici: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1475803605/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_MCDWzb7K0TY81
  3. The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform your Leadership and School, by Brown and Olson: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/148330308X/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_8CDWzb4W3WBDM

5 Other Practical and/or Academic Resources to Get Your Grey Matter Going:

  1. Coleman M and Earley P eds (2005) Leadership and Management in Education; Oxford: Oxford University Press
  2. Coleman M and Glover D eds (2010) Educational Leadership and Management: Developing Insights and Skills; Maidenhead: Open University Press
  3. Teacher Development Agency (TDA) (2008) The Little Book of Managing Change
  4. Tolhurst J (2006) Coaching for Schools: A Practical Guide to Building Leadership Capacity; Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
  5.  www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege


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