Managing the Secondary School

Managing the Secondary School

Managing the Secondary School

Managing the Secondary School


This new edition of Managing the Secondary Schoolbrings up to date the consideration of the talks and skills of the headtecher which was a feature of the first edition. The book deals with all aspects of the headteachers' role including marketing the school and managing the budget. It also deals in some detail with the problems of managing change and with the role of governors and parents in today's schools. Throughout the book, Joan Dean considers the implications of the Education Reform Act and the National Cucciculum.
Managing the Secondary Schoolis essential reading for practising and aspiring headteachers of secondary schools. It will also appeal to school governors, to advisers, inspectors and consultants working with secondary schools and to those concerned with the appraisal and training of headteachers.


This is the fourth of Joan Dean’s books to be published by Routledge in the education management series. Managing the Primary School (1987) and Special Needs in the Secondary School: the whole school approach (1989) have been particularly welcomed in schools; and her most recent book Inspecting and Advising (1992) is a valuable acquisition to the series at a time when both aspects are in the throes of radical change.

Managing the Secondary School was first published in 1985 by Croom Helm, an imprint now taken over by Routledge. This second edition is not a mere updating but a thorough revision which takes account of the major changes that two major education acts and a host of directives have given rise to in the interim.

Eight years on it is evident that Joan Dean retains her deep concern that school management involves all the teachers in the school, not an élite of senior staff. The materials that she offers in the book have been well tested and clearly will be invaluable in helping teachers understand their roles. Most of the practical work can be undertaken individually, though more will doubtless be gained if teachers share and compare their findings.

Above all, this is not a book that ‘lays down the law’. Its wisdom lies in the opportunities it provides for schools and teachers to improve their own managerial practices within the context of the conditions under which they operate.

Cyril Poster . . .

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