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Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership

Turning Intention into Reality

Ian Macdonald Clive Dixon Tony Tiplady



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09 July 2019
Organisation & management of education; Schools; Management & management techniques
It is easy to underestimate the impact that school organisation has on the behaviour, effectiveness, engagement and creativity of the teachers, staff and students who work within it. It also has a marked effect on the well-being of staff members, and how families and the community relate to the school. Attempts to improve school organisation are often short term initiatives that only cover only one or two aspects of what it takes to organise a school effectively.

Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership, in contrast, provides those involved in the design and delivery of educational services with a coherent and easy-to-follow framework to help run an effective organisation. Based on theory, real data on education improvements at school and regional level, and case studies, this book demonstrates how Systems Leadership can be used to improve school organisation. It integrates models of leadership, teamwork, capability, structure and systems to help make them more effective in improving the learning outcomes of students and also sustain this improvement over time.

This book explains how Systems Leadership can and has been applied in schools to bring clarity to the purpose, structure and systems within a school and have a major impact on its success. As such, it is an essential text for school leaders and managers looking for practical tools to help improve the working lives of the people within their organisation, and hence their effectiveness.
By:   Ian Macdonald, Clive Dixon, Tony Tiplady
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   526g
ISBN:   9781138556140
ISBN 10:   1138556149
Pages:   254
Publication Date:   09 July 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian Macdonald is a Chartered Psychologist and founder and director of Macdonald Associates, an international organisational consultancy. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Brunel University, teaches at Surrey Business School and works with NHS Wales. He continues to consult to a wide range of organisations around the world. Clive Dixon has been a teacher, principal and executive director of schools and was the Regional Director of Education and Training in Far North Queensland from 2007 to 2013. Clive currently works as a consultant, coaching school leaders using Systems Leadership in schools. Tony Tiplady is an experienced educator, trainer, Indigenous youth specialist, mining operations manager, organisation effectiveness coach, Systems Leadership coach, consultant and practitioner.

Reviews for Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership: Turning Intention into Reality

The SLT principles outlined in this book have changed the way I think, plan and act as a leader. Using them has distinctly helped me in successfully creating and leading positive cultural change across a range of schools and colleges. Noel Rawlins, Principal Western Cape College, Queensland, Australia Improving Schools Using Systems Leadership has the potential to become a pivotal compendium within the global literature on Systems Leadership. Concepts and foundations are introduced and applied to schooling and the work of the principal, concluding with the pertinent question, what does this mean for schools? This book is a must read for educators of our future generation of leaders. Dr Paul Lynch, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

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