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Lessons from the Head’s Office

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781529767711
  • Published By: SAGE Publications Ltd
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: July 25, 2023

Price: $31




"What makes this book so impressive is that on every page it is clear that the author is someone who really understands schools and school leadership; someone who has lived and breathed it and, indeed, is still doing so. As we progress through chapters on wellbeing, inclusion, finance and leading teams as well as on managing change and working in challenging circumstances, the reader is given honest, no-nonsense perspectives on the lessons Brian has learned over his 19 years as a head teacher." - Steve Munby

It’s school leadership in the raw and the real, portrayed through the reflections of a bold writer who has seen it all, got the tee shirt and is still in the game." - JL Dutaut, Schools Week


School leadership is a challenging and rewarding job that requires determination, flexibility and a careful understanding of the people you work with.

Drawing from nearly two decades of headship and combining thoughtful professional guidance with insight drawn from real-life incidents, current headteacher Brian Walton offers a candid and engaging exploration of how to face the challenges of leadership head on and succeed without sacrificing your principles or your wellbeing.
  • Discover what authentic leadership really means
  • Avoid the perils of ‘leadersh*t’ and how it can divert you from important work
  • Understand how to find your support network
  • Engage with the practical aspects of whole school policy on inclusion and behaviour
  • Consider how to deal with the unexpected and how to lead in times of crisis
Brian Walton is an award-winning headteacher and popular education blogger with extensive whole school leadership experience across four schools and a decade of experience supporting schools in challenging circumstances.


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Brian Walton

Brian Walton has worked in education for almost thirty years (and still counting) – almost twenty of them as a head teacher. He hated school and left with no qualifications, wanting to be a rock star and ran a record shop (Madhouse Music) for a little while in his late teens. But destiny and a ‘sliding doors’ moment at Bridgwater College meant that Brian, aged 20 got on to an Access to Education course (a 1990s thing that helped people with no formal qualifications get in to university) despite never once thinking about becoming a teacher – he has never looked back.
He has worked in education across the South of England and currently ‘head teaches’ in the West Country. He is a bit of a board game geek and loves cycling, music and his very small group of friends. He is married to his lifelong best friend, has two cats (who hate him) and two amazing children who keep him on his toes.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: On Leadershit

Chapter 2: On Crisis Management

Chapter 3: On Wellbeing

Chapter 4: On Inclusion

Chapter 5: On Teams

Chapter 6: On Leading And Managing Change

Chapter 7: On Finance And Business

Chapter 8: On Rebellious Leadership



Price: $31
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