Managing Teams in Secondary Schools

Managing Teams in Secondary Schools

Managing Teams in Secondary Schools

Managing Teams in Secondary Schools


Les Bell gives practical advice to teachers, looking in particular at planning, staff development and appraisal. The need for effective communication is stressed and the skills required of the successful team leader are explored.


Les Bell has an outstanding reputation as a writer of books on educational management that are unfussy, easy to read, knowledgeable and, above all, of immense help to the practising teacher. This book is no exception. Managing Teams in Secondary Schools sits worthily alongside his earlier Management Skills in Primary Schools in this series. There is no doubt that, in the present educational climate of rapid change, the management of secondary schools must undergo a radical reappraisal. While headteachers are ultimately responsible to their governing bodies for the conduct and success of their schools, they can no longer achieve high standards by exhortation or charismatic leadership. Schools, like many other public and private institutions, now depend for their success on the active participation of the staff as a whole. This is not a simple matter of effective delegation, as it was thought to be not so long ago. Schools must be a co-partnership of staff at all levels.

This book addresses itself, not merely to team leaders as a tier in management, but to team members including those in leadership roles. In effect it is a book for every secondary school teacher, since every one is today not only a member of a team, but a contributor to decision-making within that team. Whether or not a secondary school describes its management style as collegiate or corporate is of little consequence. The truth of the matter is that, without the sharing of real responsibility, a school will find difficulty in coping with the pressures of today.

Les Bell avoids the presentation of systems of management that, however worthy, are unmanageable. While everything in this book will contribute to the making of the effective school, readers may choose for implementation whatever they regard as both most pressing for their role in the institution and most realisable within the constraints of time and energy. It is also a must for any aspirant to promotion. There has never been a time in education when knowledge about the full range of management skills and roles was of such vital importance to teachers of all levels of seniority.

Cyril Poster

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