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New release from John Catt: Lifting Our Heads October 22, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, New releases.
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Lifting Our Heads

We are very pleased to announce the publication of our new book Lifting Our Heads.

This excellent book, written by Alex McGrath, Head of King’s Ely Senior, has the subtitle ‘The challenge facing our schools: a call to arms for the independent sector’.

It is based on the challenge facing schools from the rise of the ‘educational consumer’ – parents who know what they want and expect value for their money, and asks, in a time of austerity, how schools can continue to deliver the best education money can buy.

The author travelled the length and breadth of England to canvass the views of his colleagues on these issues. With remarkable honesty, these Headteachers share their views about the challenges facing the independent sector: from Government attacks, Press misrepresentation, demanding parents, and rising prices.

What emerges is a vivid picture of the diversity and challenge of leading schools today. While encouraging Heads, the author also calls on governors and staff to engage with this challenge, support their leaders, and help them to demonstrate the energy, courage, creativity and integrity to sustain schools that are the envy of the world.

Lifting Our Heads has already received national newspaper coverage in The Daily Telegraph.

There have also been some excellent testimonials. Gerry Holden, Headmaster of Dover College and Chairman of The Society of Heads’ professional development committee, wrote: “This book should be on the reading list of every Head, bursar and chairman of governors.”

And Sue Freestone, Principal of King’s Ely, writes in the Preface to the book: “It is refreshing to read something that says it as it is. For a serving Head, reading this book is like a breath of cool air on a sultry day.”

To order Lifting Our Heads, please visit our bookshop.




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