Effective school leadership depends on developing an understanding of people, organisational learning and organisational processes. However, each school has a unique set of circumstances and prescriptions for leadership that apply to one school may well not apply to another. Individual Schools, Unique Solutions t urns away from the highly prescriptive management practices that often fail to provide a workable solution to specific problems in schools. The author demonstrates that by understanding the processes influencing any situation, a practical and unique solution can be achieved. The book draws on systems theory and aspects of complexity theory, an emerging science aimed at understanding complex phenomena and organisations. Through understanding the processes that go on in individual schools, readers will be able to see how creative solutions can be developed. While addressing many of the issues commonly faced by headteachers, the principles described are equally important for all levels of school management and the book will be of interest to all those in management positions in schools.
Individual Schools, Unique Solutions is about developing effective leadership through understanding and is a guide to thinking afresh rather than looking for another quick fix prescription.
Adrian Raynor, a former headteacher with some fifteen years experience is a freelance education management consultant and an accredited performance management consultant. He is involved in online and face to face training for the UK's National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) courses, and lectures on the doctorate in Education course at the University of Huddersfield.