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This much I know about...the need to put humanity back into the centre of the ring

I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about the need to… 545 more words

School Leadership

When leaders' egos grow too tall

“There’s an ego looking for a place to inflate,” my table mate at a Washington, DC meeting of high-level officials whispered to me as a prominent member of the education establishment entered the room, a prophecy that unfortunately soon proved itself to be true. 229 more words

Dennis Sparks

Catching people being right…

The world would be a better place, I think, if we spent more time “catching people being right” than criticizing them when we believe they are wrong. 252 more words

Dennis Sparks

Get off my bus! School leaders, vision work and the elimination of teachers

Steven J. Courtney & Helen M. Gunter (2015): Get off my bus! School leaders, vision work and the elimination of teachers, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice… 561 more words

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Inadvertently queer school leadership amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) school leaders

This is the abstract of an article by Steve Courtney, published in Organization 2014, Vol. 21(3) 383–399, DOI: 10.1177/1350508413519762

“Lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) school leaders may understand these sexual identities as essentialist categories and present lived experiences resistant to the identity category-troubling tenets of queer theory, whose application in queer empirical research can nonetheless provide important insights into leaders’ identity, practices and power. 304 more words

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Post-panopticism and school inspection in England

Steven J. Courtney (2014): Post-panopticism and school inspection in England, British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2014.965806

The abstract for this article:

“In this paper, I draw on a study of school leaders’ experiences of inspection to argue that repeated changes to school inspection policy in England constitute a post-panoptic regime. 397 more words

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From its very title, THE SOCIAL PROFIT HANDBOOK by David Grant challenges the status quo. We should rename “not-for-profit” organizations as “social profit” organizations—because, after all, isn’t that what they are designed to do, benefit society? 179 more words