The Headteacher’s Handbook: The Essential Guide to Leading a Primary School


Rae Snape has extensive experience in leadership and is currently head of a primary school, a National Leader of Education and the co-founder of a festival of education.

The book is divided into eight parts:

  • Settling into your new headship
  • Vision and culture
  • Building a staff team
  • Accountability
  • Building a community
  • Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy 
  • Handling the day-to-day
  • Staying the course

Snape draws on the experience of other professionals and each chapter follows a similar format providing  expert advice about all aspects of headship, from practical matters such as induction checklists to formulating and maintaining the school vision. 

The book addresses inclusion, equality and diversity, behaviour management and SEN, providing clear, practical advice that would be of value to all new and aspiring headteachers.

Author: R. Snape
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
ISBN: 978-1-4729-7542-3
Price: £24.99

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