REVIEWS OF LEADERSHIP FOR TOMORROW
A selection of the reviews this book has received:
This is a challenging and thoughtful book that is rooted in research and practice. The questions posed are invaluable for every school leader, leadership team and governing board. I enjoyed the piece on A day in the life: 2040. I would strongly recommend this book.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive, SSAT
Leadership for Tomorrow is a lucid, comprehensive yet concise, well-researched and -synthesized, eminently practical book. The four-quadrant approach very wisely encompasses all the facets of success, not merely the academic side – it is refreshing to see social factors taken into comprehensive consideration, as well as all the various dimensions of an education, with a student-centric mindset. It will be excellent thought-provocation and guidance to school leaders at all levels of policymaking, administration, and teaching.
Charles Fadel, author “Four-Dimensional Education” and founder, Center for Curriculum Redesign (Boston, MA USA).
"This book takes a refreshing look at the role of leadership in schools, looking forward to how leaders bring together their communities towards a deeper understanding of education and the needs of society in the future. Interestingly it argues that we have to change how we view the role of leadership for tomorrow. It is enlivened by case studies of leaders and very useful questions for the reader to take up in further discussions with colleagues. It would be extremely useful on education Masters courses'
Professor Megan Crawford, Director, Plymouth Institute of Education
Leadership for Tomorrow is an excellent book - you will enjoy reading it. The text weaves together an innovative and invigorating set of ideas placing them securely in a wider context. It guides the reader through some complex and unexplored terrain in a very straightforward and helpful way. Importantly, the book brings the voice of school leaders to the fore to illustrate and add to key points. The analysis is sharp and clever, which will give even the most experienced practitioners and researchers new insights. But most of all, the book conveys a refreshing sense of optimism without being naïve in what it says. It critiques without being gloomy and negative, respects and acknowledges history without being mournful about its passing, and it builds on teachers’ and school leaders’ natural desire to do Good Work. Significantly, the authors paint a picture of the future as one of possibility and opportunity in which schools and school leaders have a very important part to play.
Professor Chris James, Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Bath
This is the most uplifting and optimistic book I have read on the theme of school leadership now and in the future. It deals comprehensively with the values that should underpin the effort, regrettably missing or just a token in many publications. It builds on the outstanding work in the Schools of Tomorrow initiative. Its credibility is secured with the five case studies of leaders who have successfully applied the four quadrant framework which is itself a model of clarity for dealing with a complex and constantly changing school environment. While the book is primarily concerned with developments in England there is certain to be wider interest internationally because the environment is generally similar in many countries. The quality of writing and the helpful questions for discussion ensure that it will be a valuable resource in a range of settings, including school-based leadership teams, students in school leadership, and those involved in initiatives such as MATs.
Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell, Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations and former Dean of Education at the University of Melbourne.
This immensely readable book looks afresh at school leadership today and sets out a wealth of thoughtful propositions to help school leaders feel their way towards the future. This is an optimistic book, articulating the exciting opportunities for school leaders in the future and challenging us all to think differently about school leadership.
Sir John Dunford, Chair of Whole Education
More than ever, our schools need considered, authentic, practical and most importantly, objective support. Great school leaders have never been interested in politics; they want to do the best for their schools, their pupils, their colleagues and their communities. This is a brilliant book that will catalyse and galvanise readers in their efforts to lead our schools forward and towards tomorrow.
Richard Gerver, Author and Broadcaster
Through a powerful combination of academic theory, research evidence, questions for reflection and case study examples drawn from the leadership experience of five successful headteachers involved in the pioneering Schools of Tomorrow programme, the book offers a deep insight into leading change into the future.
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