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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826464736
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Improving Schools Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Clarke is Managing Director of IQEA and is a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. His previous publications include Learning Schools, Learning Systems.

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Table of Contents

Frontpiece : a matter of definition 1
1 Challenging the challenged : developing an improvement programme for schools facing extremely challenging circumstances 7
2 The politics of improvement : what hope now for working-class kids? 22
3 Learning disadvantage and schools in challenging circumstances 43
4 What is special about special measures? : perspectives from the inside 56
5 Some issues and problems in evaluating changes and improvements in 'low-performing' schools 81
6 Improving schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas : a review of research evidence 94
7 Putting our heads together : a study of headteacher collaboration as a strategy for school improvement 117
8 Promoting high expectations in challenging circumstances : meanings, evidence and challenges for school leaders 137
9 Raising attainment in schools serving communities with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage : the experience of a school in a former coalfield area 156
Endpiece : legitimacy and action 172
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