As Albert Einstein almost certainly did not say, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. This is hardly a criticism that could be levelled at the efforts to achieve school improvement in England over the last two decades, given the multiplicity of attempts at change, often competing or conflicting, launched by successive politicians. The aftermath of a general election is perhaps as good a time as any to reflect on what this has achieved in the perhaps vain hope that some lessons may be learned.
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