ERIC Number: ED394170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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School Improvement in Practice: Schools Make a Difference Project.
Myers, Kate, Ed.
When the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) was disbanded in 1990, 13 separate education authorities were created in its place. Two years after its creation, in partnership with all of its secondary schools, one of the new LEAs initiated a school-improvement project to raise standards called Schools Make A Difference (SMAD). This book describes the project from the perspectives of the people involved and describes which strategies worked and which did not. SMAD was based on research from four fields--school effectiveness, school improvement, management of change, and action research. Findings of the research are discussed in the prologue. In chapter 1, Christine Whatford, the director of education in the borough, explains the strategic, resourcing, supporting, and monitoring roles that LEAs play. In chapter 2, Joan Farrelly, the deputy director at the time SMAD was created, describes how the idea of a school-improvement project became a reality. Kate Myers, in the third chapter, relates what happened during the project from the project manager's perspective. The two following chapters are accounts from participating schools, Burlington Danes and St. Mark's. In chapter 4, David Lees, the deputy head at Burlington Danes, discusses his initial, less than enthusiastic reactions and occurrences that made him change his mind. Sue Gregory, the coordinator at the school, describes what the school attempted to do and what it succeeded in doing as part of the SMAD initiative. In chapter 5, Lesley Mortimer, the head of St. Mark's school, describes the value of the program despite the recent decision to close the school. In chapter 6, Keith Pocklington, the SMAD evaluator, discusses the project from the external perspective and identifies three areas in which intended developments were slow to come about. The final chapter is by Patrick Leeson, the acting chief inspector, who explains how the local authority has supported the schools following the formal end of the project. Four tables, four figures, and an index are included. References accompany each chapter. (LMI)
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Improvement, Effective Schools Research, Foreign Countries, Local Government, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Secondary Education
Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis, Inc., 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (paperback: ISBN-0-7507-0440-3; clothbound: ISBN-0-7507-0439-X).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: England (London)