Headstrong: 11 lessons of school leadership
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Dame Sally Coates

This book in based on Dame Sally Coates’ experience of turning round a failing school, Burlington Danes in West London, dramatically improving pupil performance and improving its Ofsted rating. Coates argues that a school is only as strong as its head teacher and advocates a back to basics approach.

Coates breaks down her success into 11 lessons for school leaders. Under Coates, discipline became a key factor in Burlington's changed fortunes: pupils were given an hour's detention if they were more than a few seconds late for the morning bell. 

Pupil ranking makes up another lesson: each term, pupils were ranked from 1 to 180 and the rankings displayed publicly. But of the all the 11 lessons, she says that high expectations are the most valuable, and accordingly comes down hard on 'failing' teachers.

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Dame Sally Coates

Published by:
John Catt Educational

Date of publication:
February 2015

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With Dame Sally's particular experience of turning around a failing school, this guide will make for interesting reading for school leaders looking to improve their school's performance. 


Record ID:
R056 / 278
Author(s) biog(s):
Dame Sally Coates

Associated coverage:
The Independent, Daily Mail

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