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Future Proof Your School – A Perceptive UKEd Chat Review by Colin Hill

Always great when someone understands and appreciates the experiences that have gone into the compilation of a book. Such was the case with Colin Hill, who compiled this review of my book Future Proof Your School for UK Ed Chat, a portal for motivated educational professionals.

Future-proof Your School Steering culture, driving school improvement, developing excellence


CONTENT:                 9.5/10

ACCESSIBLE:              9.5/10

AUTHORITY:             9.0/10

VALUE:                       9.0/10

PRACTICAL:               9.5/10


  • A very accessible book for school leaders who want to explore how to ensure their school is ready for any unexpected future challenges.
  • The book sensibly looks at how school leaders can empower and promote CPD among their staff in practical and cost-effective ways.
  • Each chapter is easily accessible, producing a book that can easily be picked up for quick reflective references to many key whole-school issues.
  • David presents the concept of creative capacity through a triangulated development congruence that enables key reflections and questions within each topic covered.
  • The book reduces, filters and prioritises the demands on staff energy to the central task of all schools.

Second-guessing the next initiative, or policy change that is likely to impact on schools seems to have been normalised in recent years, with school leaders needing to be prepared for scrutiny, readiness for change, and accountability of key decisions made. They fail to give you a crystal ball when you undertake leadership training so, without such a crucial and magical future telling piece of equipment, how can schools ensure that they are best placed for the future challenges, opportunities and obstacles that are coming down the road?

In his book, David W Hughes offers schools an opportunity to use common sense, foresight and prioritising the demands on staff energy to the central task of all schools – to achieve the best engagement of and learning outcomes for all learners (including the staff themselves). Exploring key issues, including the culture within a school, promoting sustainable changes, and the CPD conundrum, David presents each issue looking at key critical issues, before proceeding through a triangulation lens involving some important questions that school leaders need to reflect on. Accompanied by many humorous and perceptible cartoon illustrations, the book encourages leaders to recognise, develop and utilise the teaching expertise already embedded within the school, whilst empowering and involving everyone within your community to play a part in future developments.

This is not an over-preachy, inaccessible book. On the contrary, where this book succeeds is the empowerment that the reader feels when reading through the case files, short chapters and triangulation points revealing that, in fact, it is quite easy and sensible to future proof your school community for the many unexpected challenges that will inevitably come.

*RRP, correct at time of publication.

Review and ratings independently compiled by Colin HillSupported by Critical Publishing


About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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