How to Build Communication Success in Your School -
A guide for school leaders
Our book provides a step-by-step guide to achieve best practice communication within schools. Communication is a critical component in building strong partnerships with parents, attracting and retaining the best teachers, building and protecting a school’s reputation and, ultimately, in ensuring that students can be at their best.
Aligned to the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers (2015), as well as Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate requirements, it provides an ‘inside out’ approach to create and communicate a compelling vision, building leadership communication skills and supporting the day-to-day management of communication in schools.
Full of practical strategies, audit tools and planning materials to help develop your communication approach, this practical guide covers key topics such as:
- Attracting and retaining the best teachers;
- improving the effectiveness of leadership and management;
- building the reputation of the school;
- working with parents;
- what to do in a crisis.
How to Build Communication Success in Your School is essential reading for Headteachers, school leaders and all those interested in education management and leadership.
COMMENTS FROM EDUCATION THOUGHT LEADERS ABOUT THIS BOOK
I keep this book by my desk at work. It’s an infinitely reassuring and practical reminder that there is no silver bullet for communication success in schools, and that we need to keep constantly learning and reflecting on our practice. It’s chock full of exercises that can be completed, not just by individuals, but by teams to reflect upon and improve communication with stakeholders in a ways which avoids defensiveness and reminds us that we are all in it together. I especially love the reference to keeping your ‘North Star’ your vision and values – at the centre of all communication. In a climate in which recruitment and retention, not just of staff but of students, is a major issue for many schools, it offers some brilliant advice in this area – advice which far surpasses any other I have come across. Highly recommended!
Dr Emma Kell
A small and easy-to-read book whose size belies how important a contribution it can make to your school. Reinforcing the idea that the best schools (in terms of student happiness, not just academic success) are the one that have their communication right, the book is full of practical advice and tips to make sure a school communicates the right way at the right time – and does so consistently. Should be in every school leader’s desk drawer.
“How to Build Communication Success in your School” by Karen Dempster and Justin Robbins is most definitely a book for our times. Both authors, experts in communication, share their expertise in a book that is both informative and practical. It is clear that they understand the complex educational landscape in which schools now operate. Their book provides a useful framework for helping school leaders understand how to navigate this landscape through improved communications. Understanding that in schools relationships are everything, Dempster and Robbins show how good communication with all stakeholders can help school leaders build relationships that will ultimately lead to successful outcomes for everyone. Highly recommended!
From a teaching angle, this book is a gem. Filled with insights into different communication practices for different purposes, it serves as a guide to support more effective and transparent communication in schools. From a parental angle, this book is incredibly valuable, as it has been created as a toolkit for teachers to bring parents more easily into the school community – something often overlooked by schools. Using a wide range of research and (most importantly) conversations with teachers, the book has helpful tips, quick guides, in-depth studies and a range of approaches to use.
A quick read, it is not only a useful book to keep on the shelf but it should perhaps serve as a “must-read” for all school leaders and trainee teachers to support more effective and engaging communication within their schools. Well worth the read.