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A compelling new book by Angela Browne, star of the BBC2 documentary series School.
The case for ethical leadership in schools
Being neither a Head nor an aspiring leader, I was initially wary of reviewing this book. But being married to an ex-head I thought it would be interesting to view someone else’s viewpoint and perspective.
Oddly enough, the more I read, the more I realised that what she had to say applied to all of us. Her approach to leadership and her belief in people and the importance of a calm and caring team are values applicable to any workplace.
The book is set out in a clear and informative style, easily accessible due to the overview, the subheadings and the questions raised at the end of each chapter. She manages to get her points across in a non-patronising, honest and thoughtful way. What she says is both sensible and achievable. She recognises the various leadership styles and makes no secret of the loneliness and often overwhelmingly difficult task headship can be. The impact of poverty and lack of funding is delivered without laying blame. Her approach throughout is to make life easier for everyone, Heads, staff, parents and children. She is not waving a magic wand or trying to reinvent the wheel, simply to ask the questions. Her approach is neither radical or revolutionary and that is what makes it work, makes it achievable.
I think everyone could take something from this book. She is certainly a Head I would be happy to work for.
Amidst the voices questioning the efficacy and morality of the UK's current education system comes a compelling book by Angela Browne, star of the BBC2 documentary series School, offering a new, positive, ground-up approach to leading a school in times of challenge.
This essential guide presents a crucial approach to ethical school leadership that places primary and secondary school leaders at the forefront of change in the education system. It provides an in-depth, realistic look at the current system, enabling school leaders to understand and contextualise their roles, before offering practical solutions to help them develop their leadership style, navigate the challenges they face and have a significant impact on their school and wider community. Written in the context of an education system on the edge of a crisis, with students burning out, staff walking out and schools under increasing pressure to singlehandedly provide the social care so many young people desperately need, Lighting the Way argues that schools stand on the threshold of a new way forward. Angela uses her wealth of experience to show school leaders the path to being torchbearers, leading children with purpose, staff with integrity and the community towards wisdom with practical strategies, optimism and guidance.
Authenticity in leadership is everything. Angela has demonstrated that here in what is a beautifully crafted, deeply honest and hugely insightful book about leading schools. Sometimes books find a zeitgeist: a time, a place, a profound purpose. Lighting the Way does just that. It is a book for our time. Thank you, Angela. -- Dr Richard Gerver - Global leadership expert, @richardgerver
Thoroughly researched and grounded in extensive school leadership experience, Lighting the Way shows Angela Browne speaking up and speaking out . This is an honest, courageous and ultimately uplifting book about how leadership has to be both ethical and sustainable. -- Jill Berry - Leadership consultant and former headteacher, @jillberry102
There are some books that, within just a few pages, you know you are going to both enjoy and feel deliciously challenged by. This is one of those books. A very human and passionate appeal for a kind of school leadership that isn't just about doing the right things, but about doing them in the right way and for the right reasons. Highlighting the importance of emotional intelligence, the need for genuine self-belief and the power of coaching, this is a manifesto for leading in a different way. Highly recommend! -- Andy Buck - Founder of Leadership Matters and creator of the BASIC Coaching Method, @andy__buck
|Publication date:||9th July 2020|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3|
|Topics:||Politics & Law|
Angela Browne has been working in education for over 17 years as an English teacher, head of English, assistant headteacher, deputy headteacher and headteacher in mainstream secondary schools, the head of a pupil referral service, and principal of a Steiner Academy. She was most recently the deputy CEO of a multi-academy trust. In 2018, Angela was part of the BBC2 documentary series School. She has featured in the Telegraph, and on Radio 5 and Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, and she has written for the TES. Angela has also delivered keynotes for WomenED, BAMEed, Firefly Learning and Ambition School Leadership, and given a ...More About Angela Browne