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Leading the Strategically Focused School
Success and Sustainability

Second Edition


April 2011 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Drawing upon Brent Davies's extensive experience in presenting nationally and internationally to school leaders, this book distils the collective wisdom from educationalists across the globe. Updated with new international examples and references and a significant new chapter on developing strategic talent in schools, the book has been described as a 'must read' for existing and aspiring school leaders.

The book focuses on:

" establishing processes for building whole school involvement

" strategic approaches to build capacity in your school

" building and sustaining strategic leadership throughout the school

" developing strategic talent in schools

" characteristics of strategically focused schools

This book is an indispensable read for school leaders who want to focus on bringing sustainable improvement to their school.

Dr Brent Davies is Professor of Leadership Development at the University of Hull.

 
Introduction
 
What Is Meant by Leading for Sustainable Strategic Success?
 
Start with Values and Beliefs
 
Strategic Processes: Overview
 
Strategic Processes: Conceptualizing
 
Strategic Processes: Engaging the People
 
Strategic Processes: Articulating
 
Strategic Approaches
 
Strategic Leadership
 
Developing Strategic Leadership
 
Deploying and Implementing Strategy
 
A Strategically Focused School

'With an ever widening circle of followers among school principals and headteachers, Brent Davies has an enviable capacity to write engagingly and is one of those all-too-rare educational writers whose theory springs from the close and discerning observation of practice. For me, as reviewer there's cause to think more critically about measures of schools success. You can't ask for much more from a book that it contributes and extends your own thinking. It will have a similar effect on all those who read it'
- Sir Tim Brighouse, Educational Consultant and & Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, London, UK


'Brent Davies tackles the much misunderstood and abused concept of strategy and achieves great results. Linking strategy with sustainability, Leading the Strategically Focused School is full of wonderful conceptual tools, and practical case vignettes. This book is both conceptual and practical, and takes all the excuses off the table. An inspiration and invitation to take action for the good of all'
-Michael Fullan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


Praise for the first edition:

'With an ever widening circle of followers among school principals and headteachers, [Davies] has an enviable capacity to write engagingly and is one of those all-too-rare educational writers whose theory springs from the close and discerning observation of practice. For me as reviewer there's cause to think more critically about measures of schools success. You can't ask for much more from a book that it contributes and extends your own thinking. It will have a similar effect on all those who read it.'

Sir Tim Brighouse, Educational Consultant and & Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, London, UK


'Brent Davies tackles the much misunderstood and abused concept of strategy and gets great results. Linking strategy with sustainability, Leading the Strategically Focused School is full of wonderful conceptual tools, and practical case vignettes. This book is both conceptual and practical, and takes all the excuses off the table. An inspiration and invitation to take action for the good of all'

Michael Fullan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


This is a thoughtfully structured book which will be a helpful guide for those involved in management in schools.

Mrs Sue James
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
July 10, 2012

This is highly recommended reading for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Leadership. It is well structured, good use of explanatory diagrams.

Dr Mary Casey
Nursing , University College Dublin
July 13, 2011

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