Education faultlines, hypocrisy and contested truth
Toby Greany reviews a book which provides a coruscating challenge to much government policy but lacks some subtlety in its analysis.
Expanding the horizons of self-improving schools
Evidence suggests that professional development is more effective when it is school-led; school-based and classroom focused … but is there a danger of schools becoming insular and stale? Glenys Hart explores the benefits that external experts can add to schools’ professional learning experiences.
Striving for coherent, effective professional learning
Philippa Cordingley reports on a major review of evidence on professional learning and development which poses some fundamental issues about effectiveness, sustainability and coherence.
How to … use research Learning Sets as basis for practitioner enquiry
Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald show how the model of Learning Sets can provide the framework for developing practitioner enquiry within a school.
How to … integrate practitioner enquiry into professional learning and performance management
How can practitioner enquiry make a real difference in your schools? Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald provide guidance drawn from their practice.
How to … grow leadership capacity for research engagement
Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald explore how the attitudes, understanding and skills of leaders can be transformed to enrich enquiry-led professional development.
How to … establish a culture of teacher research and development
Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald share how an enquiry culture was established within their Teaching School and its Alliance.
Don’t Like Mondays – providing hope for the disaffected
How can schools and their staff make a difference for the great number of disenfranchised young people? Sonia Blandford explores a way forward along the Achievement for All journey.
Developing Teachers and School Leaders: how Teaching School Alliances make a difference
Do Teaching Schools make a difference – particularly to the professional development of teachers and school leaders? Qing Gu reports on a major investigation which points to compelling evidence that they have made a significant contribution to effective practice.