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Reservoirs of Hope

Sustaining Spirituality in School Leaders

Author(s): Alan Flintham
Series: Ethics

Book Description

This book is about hope, and how it is sustained by the personal spirituality of school leaders. Defining this not only in religious terms but using a concept of ‘secular spirituality,’ it shows that leadership actions must rest on the foundation of a personal value system, demonstrated as ‘a lived faith in action.’

Drawing on interviews with 150 headteachers and capturing their authentic voices, it uses the metaphor of ‘reservoirs of hope’ to promote practitioner reflection on the value systems, leadership styles and sustainability strategies of headteachers, as they act as the external reservoir of hope for their schools whilst ensuring that their own internal reservoir of hope never runs dry.

It also offers a theological reflection on the spiritual and moral leadership of headteachers, providing a connecting bridge between educational leadership and theology.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2415-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2415-1
Date of Publication: 01/11/2010
Pages / Size: 245 / A5
Price: £39.99


Alan Flintham was a secondary school headteacher in Nottinghamshire for 15 years. A Research Associate of the National College, he is now also an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University, where he completed his doctorate, and an Associate Priest in the Derby Diocese of the Church of England.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3182-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3182-4
Date of Publication: 01/09/2011
Pages / Size: 245 / A5
Price: £29.99