"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
Strategic leadership is a critical component in the effective development of schools. This book focuses on building strategic capability within the school in order to ensure long-term success and sustainability. 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.