Book: Middle Leadership by @pkainsworth

Middle Leadership by Paul K Ainsworth

Middle Leadership by Paul K Ainsworth








Practical Ideas





  • Fantastic practical ideas for reflection;
  • Short, succinct chapters make for an easy read;
  • Handy 'to-do' lists help guide you through the processes;
  • Chapter 'takeaways' help summarise the key aspects discussed;
  • Could be used individually, or exercises could support CPD within school.


  • Mainly focused on the England educational system.

Designing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme can be daunting. Whether you are looking to better your own practice or coach your colleagues, it can be hard to know where to start. But don’t worry; the Bloomsbury CPD Library is here to help! Divided into two unique sections, Teach Yourself and Train Others, this book is perfect for individual teachers, middle leaders, and those looking to introduce whole-school CPD training programmes.

Taking an easy-to-follow, chronological approach this book takes you through the five stages of your middle leadership career, from interview preparation to those first steps in role. With a focus on long-term development and progression of practice you are also provided with evaluation strategies and questionnaires, plus a full set of training plans to run your own CPD sessions and help train other aspiring middle leaders.

The author…

Paul K. Ainsworth is an Academy Advisor for a large Multi-Academy Trust after being Head of a secondary school. Paul frequently writes for Optimus Education and has had articles published in many educational publications. He is regularly approached to speak at national teaching conferences and recently spoke at a TEDx. Paul is a Research Associate for the National College School of Leadership and a member of the editorial panel of Sec Ed.

What we think…

Taking the next steps in your teaching career is a constant consideration to many teachers, but making sure you are ready and well-suited for the added responsibilities that will come your way needs serious thought. Reflecting on whether you have the skills or inclination to take the steps on such a career ladder is crucial, and Paul Ainsworth offers a seriously comprehensive guide on the steps and opportunities you can create to help you come to a considered decision.

Split into two sections: Teach Yourself and Train Others, the book starts with five stages to encourage you into a leadership role, and then follows with the second section featuring eight training plans that deal with the day-to-day responsibilities faced within the role.

This is a great book for individuals to pick up and start exploring the skills needed for the requirements of middle leadership within schools, but also offers CPD reflective training plans that can help support for preparation into the role.

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*Price correct at time of review publication.

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