When Chris Dyson took over at Parklands Primary School, there had been 150 exclusions in the previous year and morale was at an all-time low. By addressing the underlying wellbeing issues, he is now head of a school that is in the top 1% nationally for maths and which has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
In the first of a series of seven articles, Rob Carpenter looks what real school improvement is and how important it is to stay focused on the real substance of education rather than pandering to the latest trends in accountability.
Pershore High School developed a scheme of Learning Ambassadors to provide structured feedback to teachers on their lessons. It led to a wider student research project on how teachers could improve student engagement and learning.
When one primary school decided to pull itself out of special measures, no-one realised that the impact would be felt throughout the local authority. Estelle MacDonald tells the story of how one school inspired a movement to adopt restorative practice.