'Sonia Blandford has produced a detailed, comprehensive and systematic book that will prove to be an invaluable resource for those aspiring to middle leadership; middle leaders wishing to develop their own effectiveness and those responsible for the development of middle leadership in schools.' - John West-Burnham (National College for School Leadership). "Middle Leadership in Schools" provides a highly practical, evidence-informed introduction to management and middle leadership issues, based on research of a range of posts in primary and secondary contexts. Written to support practitioners, currently performing a managerial role as well as those aspiring to leadership, this second edition has been thoroughly researched, restructured and revised to reflect the latest research in educational management, as well as recent developments in workforce reform. This book presents a rigorous theoretical framework, on which to base good practice. It brings theory to life through a range of case studies and best-practice scenarios. It provides guidance on key areas of professional development. It features new chapters including material on the learning community, extended schools, policy creation and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, the remodeled workforce and a final chapter on self-development. New features include in-chapter Leadership and Practitioner Questions and Review Questions. Professor Sonia Blandford is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Dean of Education) at Canterbury Christ Church University. Following a successful career as a teacher in primary and secondary schools, Sonia has worked in higher education for eleven years delivering masters, doctoral, National Professional Qualification for Headship and National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership programmes. Sonia has also acted as an education consultant and as an advisor to the European Commission, local authorities, schools and colleges and co-leads the Teach First initiative. Sonia has authored a range of education management text
and manuals and writes regularly for the "Guardian".