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Evidence-based School Leadership and Management

Evidence-based School Leadership and Management
A practical guide

September 2018 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

There is a vast amount of research on what goes on in schools, but how can school leaders sort credible findings from dubious claims and use these to make informed decisions that benefit their schools? How can abstract ideas from research be translated into dynamic plans for action?

This book is a practical guide to evidence-based school leadership demonstrating the benefits that can be gained from engaging with robust educational research and offering clear guidance on applying meaningful lessons to practice.

Topics include:

·   What is evidence-based school leadership and why does it matter?

·   How to collect data from your own school and how to analyse this evidence in order to inform strategic leadership decisions

·   Models for implementing school improvement and change

·   Leadership skills for fostering a culture of evidence-based practice

This is essential reading for senior and middle leaders in educational organisations who aspire to lead effective schools with high levels of staff well-being and enhanced outcomes for the learners they teach.

Chapter 1: Why do we need evidence-based school leadership?
Chapter 2: What is evidence-based school leadership?
Chapter 3: Asking well-formulated questions
Chapter 4: Systematically searching for and retrieving evidence
Chapter 5: Appraising research evidence
Chapter 6: Appraising research and statistics
Chapter 7: Appraising school data, stakeholder views and practitioner expertise
Chapter 8: Aggregating sources of evidence
Chapter 9: Applying evidence to the decision-making process
Chapter 10: Assessing and evaluating the outcome of the decision taken
Chapter 11: Leading the evidence-based school
Chapter 12: Some concluding thoughts

Creating a road map for an evidenced-based profession, Dr Gary Jones has brought together a coherent framework for school leaders and teachers based on his years of thinking, writing and implementing evidence based approaches in schools. From major issues around ethics, the use of research evidence and statistics to the formulation of a robust theory of change and associated logic model, this book will assist and develop the wise leaders and teachers we need in our schools, today more than ever.

Stephen Tierney
CEO of a MAT, blogger (@LeadingLearner) and author of Liminal Leadership

I love this book. Gary Jones uses the power of story to explain the importance of intelligent use of evidence. He provides examples of how to move beyond intuition in pursuit of sustained, high quality leadership. This is a must-read for all those with the humility to reflect on their approach to leadership in pursuit of a highly effective school.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching

Clear chapter structure with references to support further reading at the end of each chapter.
Application and theory included.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
July 15, 2019

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