11 Dec 2016

'Hopeful Schools' what people are saying

'Hopeful Schools is a breath of fresh air and reminds you 'why' we do 'what' we do, whilst making you think 'how' we go about it. Mary encourages us to consider what soulful schools; heart-based education and courageous leadership could and should look like. This book will nourish you and restore your faith in the future of our education system. It will reassure you that by being hopeful we can affect change. 'Hopeful Schools' will inspire you as it will remind you that through resilience, courage and hope we can create school cultures underpinned with trust and integrity.'

Hannah Wilson, Headteacher, Aureus School

'All too often leadership books and books on education like to reduce complex processes and issues to simple checklists and simple questions. The book, like Mary Myatt, understands that there are many intricate aspects involved in teaching, and leading a school. One thing you get from her writing is that there are people at the centre of schools. Too often statistics, numbers and policies detract us from the fact that in education we deal with real people, young or old, who are complex and unpredictable. They have dreams. They have fears. They have insecurities too. Humans daily tread the fine line between helplessness and hope. This daily battle is at the heart of the book. How do you turn negativity into positivity?

Mary’s book looks at education from the perspective of people. The book isn’t about hitting targets and impressing people. The book is about how to make the experience in schools better for students, parents, teachers and leaders. There are schools in the world where teachers feel helpless. There are schools in the world where leaders feel helpless. ‘Hopeful Schools’ is a welcome beacon of light, hope, and positivity in possibly one of the most challenging times in education. Be clear, this isn’t a rose-tinted view of education either. Mary addresses the difficult issues head-on and asks the difficult questions, using a wide range of sources and examples (inside and outside education), which we have to ask ourselves if we are going to be better or the best.

‘Hopeful Schools’ is a brilliant philosophical investigation into how we can get the best from our students, the best from our teachers, and the best from our schools. It is a book of ideas, questions and examples told with such warmth, detail and thought that only a human could write it. This is about leadership with the heart and the head for doing the right thing.'

Chris Curtis, Head of English

'Another lovely, nurturing and enjoyable easy read from the ever helpful Mary Myatt. Thank heavens for Mary Myatt who once again takes on the role of caring. demanding big sister; protective and authoritative in her praise of ordinary good teachers against the new establishment bully boys and girls with their negativity and supercilious judgements. In this book 'Hopeful Schools’ Mary Myatt further seals her position as one of the most caring and supportive optimistic and effective voices in English education. Tim Brighouse, Mick Waters, John West Burnham relax and enjoy your beckoning retirement for now we how Mary Myatt to support, challenge and inspire teachers to be even better. Part personal observation, part philosophical, certainly encouraging and with novel references and simple practical examples Mary Myatt serves up another teacher-friendly guide.'

Peter Hall-Jones Former headteacher, international education consultant, leadership coach, Founder of the Curriculum Foundation

'What Mary Myatt has managed to do here is put the markers down for organisations and individuals in how they define their optimistic and hopeful selves. She dismantles the inhuman machinations of faceless institutionalism and supports its replacement with a genuinely warm, informed and witty alternative. Hope and humanity should be at the centre of what we do. In Hopeful Schools, Mary Myatt shows us how. Essential.'

Hywel Roberts Teacher, Writer, Speaker Create Learn Inspire Ltd

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