2nd May 2000

 

NEW BOOK PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON DEPUTY HEADS

 

The work of deputy headteachers in primary and secondary schools is the subject of a new book by a Lincoln professor.

 

‘Mastering Deputy Headship’ by Prof Trevor Kerry of the University

of Lincolnshire & Humberside is published this week by Pearson Education.

 

It is the first volume in a series that looks analytically at the roles of various education managers: headteachers, heads of department, subject co-ordinators and special educational needs co-ordinators.

 

The series is edited by Professor Kerry, visiting professor at the university’s International Educational Leadership Centre, whose title on deputy heads and their roles is published ahead of the remaining volumes.

 

Prof Kerry is also Professor of Education at the College of Teachers and is well known for his work on alternative school calendars, including the five-term year.

 

‘Schools are changing rapidly, and managing schools is a highly skilled job,” he maintains. “Deputy heads are often the unsung heroes who carry a huge burden of administration and who often have to be responsible for major areas such as curriculum or pastoral care.

 

“This book is designed to appeal to anyone who is aspiring to be a deputy, or who is in the early years of the role. It looks at the trials and tribulations, but also at the satisfactions and rewards of the job.”

 

‘Mastering Deputy Headship’ is a skills-based text that helps the reader to hone skills such as time management, report writing, chairing meetings, giving talks to governors and improving the ethos and image of the school.

 

Plans are in hand  to stage one-day courses later in the year based around materials from the book.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)