Creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order (Henry V Act 1 Scene 2): a case study of sustainable transformational leadership in a challenging school

Bell, Les and Smith, Phil (2016) Creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order (Henry V Act 1 Scene 2): a case study of sustainable transformational leadership in a challenging school. In: Building for a sustainable future in our schools: brick by brick. Springer, pp. 171-191. ISBN 9783319124025, 9783319124032

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Abstract

This chapter follows the transformation of a failing school in central England, which had a long history of underachievement. The case study analyses the strategies that were developed to establish successful school leadership in a school in challenging circumstances, and examines the likelihood that these changes will be sustainable in the future. A brief outline of the principles of transformational leadership is followed by the strategies for change in respect of the pupils, parents, teaching and leadership. The degree to which transformational leadership informed these changes is analysed and the close parallels between transformational leadership and leadership which is sustainable are outlined; both are essential since it has been acknowledged that most school leadership practices create temporary, localized flurries of change but little lasting or widespread improvement (Hargreaves & Fink, Educ Leadersh 611:8–13, 2004). In this case study existing definitions of transformational leadership have been used to provide an analytical framework for the leadership actions of the headteacher.

Keywords:Education, Failing schools, Innovation and change, Leading a challenging school, Practical school improvement
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:27907
Deposited On:08 Aug 2017 14:21

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