Head of Department Pocketbook by Brin Best and Will Thomas
Brin Best and Will Thomas present a practical and informative guide for secondary school teachers aiming to manage their departments effectively. New, aspiring and existing heads of department will find the book offers practical tips and techniques and gives a helpful overview of the role identified by the National College for School Leadership as the ‘engine room of change’ within secondary schools. The central chapter, ‘Managing your Department’ looks at aspects of creative leadership, lesson observation, managing meetings, developing and recruiting people, managing stress, inspection, finance, health and safety. Other chapters cover effective documentation, maximising student achievement and raising the profile of your department. The self-evaluation framework at the end of the book is a useful, analytical tool for any middle manager looking to develop departmental practice.