This accessible and jargon-free book addresses key everyday topics faced by practising leaders. Providing useful examples and advice, this book shows middle and senior school leaders how to handle difficult decisions, covering conflict resolution, school improvement, and preparing for Ofsted. Each chapter is written by a specialist in the area, and contains: - bulleted opening chapter objectives - vignettes, thinking points, student quotes - case studies, figures and tables - Ideas for best practice - further book and web reading It is a no-nonsense, hands-on guide for school leaders, catering specifically for leaders undertaking further professional development and practice-based assessment. It will also be valuable to entry-level Masters students, and practitioners undertaking Leadership related professional development such as NPQH, Leadership Pathways and Accelerate to Headship national programmes. Until recently Mary Dawe was Head of Leadership Development at The London Centre for Leadership in Learning at The Institute of Education, University of London. She is now an independent consultant.