The focus of teacher training is shifting away from specialized subject knowledge and towards the development of transferable skills that can be employed in coordinating any area of the primary curriculum. This book examines the management and leadership techniques that trainees and practising teachers need in order to become subject consultants or effective members of a senior management team. With an emphasis on the practical techniques and strategies of curriculum management, the book also deals with the theoretical, practical and technological issues facing teachers as they create and manage curricula. Drawing on their considerable experience, the authors guide readers through:- establishing a direction- working with resources- leading and motivating colleagues. This book is an essential resource for trainees and teachers at every level as they confront the rapidly shifting demands of their profession. Mark Brundrett is a Senior Research Consultant at the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University of Manchester. Previously, he taught in secondary, middle and primary schools and was a headteacher for five years. He has also taught at several higher education institutions and was Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Hull. Neil Burton is currently the MA Education Programme leader at De Montford University, Bedford, where he also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher training courses. He has worked in senior positions in primary and secondary schools, advised on primary science and technology in a large Local Educaiton Authority, and taught on MBA and EdD programmes at various universities.

Leadership, Management and the Middle Leader

Leadership, management and the middle leader

Learning Outcomes of This Chapter

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • understand more about the nature of leadership and management and the inter-relationship between these terms
  • articulate the phases of leadership and recognize the emerging role of the middle leader
  • describe and analyse the importance of developing distributed leadership in primary schools

Defining Leadership and Management

The inter-related concepts of leadership and management contain a set of overlapping ideas that can lead to confusion about whether a particular function or activity in school fits into one category or the other. Indeed, we need to remember that these terms have been used differently at different times and in different places and there are even alternative phrases ...

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