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Books to support school improvement

The Curriculum

Gallimaufry to coherence


'Mary Myatt combines encyclopedic knowledge of schools with crystal-clear description of curriculum principles – a must-read for all those involved in improving education.

Globally, new attention is being given to curriculum principles and curriculum practice. Mary Myatt’s book is major contribution to this debate.
Few books range so effectively across curriculum theory and day-to-day practice in the classroom – Mary Myatt does this with huge authority and extreme clarity.'

Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of ARD,
 (Assessment Research and Development)

‘This book weaves together theory, research, policy, and practice to provide educators at every stage of their career a practical guide to coherent curriculum design. Chapters divided by subject and strategy make it easy to keep coming back to, whilst Mary’s humorous and intelligent prose make it a pleasure to read.’

Claire Hill, Head of English and Media Studies, Dover Grammar School for Girls

‘This book has been invaluable and really balances theory, critical argument and practical applications for how we can achieve this in our curriculum planning and subject CPD.’

Aja Cortizo, Professional development Team Lead, Glyn School

‘This is exactly what I needed to read before the team goes to rewrite the curriculum this term. It is definitely a must read to completely rethink the curriculum because it covers all aspects to truly ensure ‘high challenge and low threat’ across all subjects. I’m so excited about redesigning the teaching and learning to ensure children are engaged and inspired.’

Flora Barton, Headteacher, Crowmarsh Gifford CE Primary School

ISBN-13: 978-1911382836

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Hopeful Schools

building humane communities


'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.'

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. Mary's book looks at education from the perspective of people. The book isn't about hitting targets and impressing people. 'It is 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. In this book Mary Myatt further seals her position as one of the most caring and supportive optimistic and effective voices in English education.'

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.'

Hywel Roberts Teacher, Writer, Speaker Create Learn Inspire Ltd.


ISBN-13: 978-0995668706

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High Challenge, Low Threat

This book makes the case that we like doing things that are difficult, that we are a challenge-seeking species. This has implications for leadership, management and classroom practice.

"This book has been informed through thousands of conversations over a 20-year career in education. It shows the lessons that school management teams can learn from leaders in a wide range of other sectors and points to the conditions which these leaders create to allow colleagues to engage with difficult issues enthusiastically and wholeheartedly.

It makes the case that any leadership role is concerned primarily with the relationships between individuals. It is the quality of these, whatever the size of the organisation, which make the difference between organisations which thrive, and those which stagnate."

Dr Lynne Sedgemore CBE

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