Improving Schools in Difficulty / Edition 1

Improving Schools in Difficulty / Edition 1

by Paul Clarke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826464734

ISBN-13: 9780826464736

Pub. Date: 05/15/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

For the last few years there has been wave after wave of reform aimed at improving a lot of the schools struggling at the bottom of the ladder of performance, and despite what can be interpreted as best intentions, the problem persists. As a social problem it draws down significant sums of public money, it exercises many talented people, and yet, time after time we

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Overview

For the last few years there has been wave after wave of reform aimed at improving a lot of the schools struggling at the bottom of the ladder of performance, and despite what can be interpreted as best intentions, the problem persists. As a social problem it draws down significant sums of public money, it exercises many talented people, and yet, time after time we find that three, four, maybe five years down the road after extended efforts the impact of the work diffuses and the challenges remain, doggedly evident in people’s daily lives. It suggests that perhaps something is wrong in our interpretation, in our analysis, in our approach and our consequent measure of effect of our activity with difficult schools. Improving Schools in Difficulty is structured around two parts, part one examines the principles of engagement with schools in difficulty and part two looks at ways of improving the process of supporting schools in difficulty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826464736
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Series:
Improving Schools Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Frontpiece : a matter of definition1
1Challenging the challenged : developing an improvement programme for schools facing extremely challenging circumstances7
2The politics of improvement : what hope now for working-class kids?22
3Learning disadvantage and schools in challenging circumstances43
4What is special about special measures? : perspectives from the inside56
5Some issues and problems in evaluating changes and improvements in 'low-performing' schools81
6Improving schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas : a review of research evidence94
7Putting our heads together : a study of headteacher collaboration as a strategy for school improvement117
8Promoting high expectations in challenging circumstances : meanings, evidence and challenges for school leaders137
9Raising attainment in schools serving communities with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage : the experience of a school in a former coalfield area156
Endpiece : legitimacy and action172

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