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The Headteacher's Handbook

The Headteacher’s Handbook

The essential guide to leading a primary school 

By Rae Snape

Foreward by Alison Peacock 

Bloomsbury and Rae Snape

Written by a headteacher with over 14 years’ experience at the helm, The Headteacher’s Handbook is the indispensable manual to understanding the role as both an instructional coach and community leader. With a kind and compassionate tone, Rae Snape presents invaluable advice, models, research, motivational quotes and self-reflection questions on a wealth of topics. This includes:

  • developing and communicating the vision for your school
  • building a staff team
  • handling an Ofsted inspection
  • ensuring inclusion, equality and diversity in your setting
  • curriculum and assessment design
  • managing the day-to-day – the finances, health and safety, behaviour and everything in-between!

The book features examples from Rae’s own experiences as well as contributions from some of the most influential and forward-thinking school leaders today, including Dr Kulvarn Atwal, Mary Myatt, Remi Atoyebi, Paul Dix and Christalla Jamil. Also featuring a foreword by Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, and Sir David Carter’s popular framework First 100 Days in Headship.



Rae Snape is an experienced headteacher currently leading a primary school in Cambridge. Rae is also a National Leader of Education, co-founder of the Cambridgeshire Festival of Education and former Vice Chair of the Primary Headteacher Reference Group for the Department for Education. Follow Rae on Twitter: @RaeSnape.

‘This collection of advice, reflections, warnings and exhortations provides an indispensable handbook not just for the new headteacher but as a refresh for those who have served a while.’
  Roy Blatchford, CBE
‘It is at once practical, honest, insightful and, probably most importantly, incredibly useful.’
  Sue Cowley 

5th August 2021

Paperback | 320pp | 9781472975423 | £24.99

 eBook | 224pp | 9781472975409 | £22.49

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