ERIC Number: EJ1046841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
"No Ceiling on Achievement": Breaking the Glass Ceiling or Hitting a Steel Plate in Urban Schools?
Firth, Ben; Melia, Victoria; Bergan, Dave; Whitby, Lisa
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v46 n5 p877-890 Dec 2014
This article, written by a team of research-active teachers who are also senior leaders in a large, urban, comprehensive high school in the North of England, reports on their joint teacher inquiry project. This work has school-wide significance, given recent history, progressing from being graded as a "failing" school by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) in 2009, to being judged a "good" school in 2013. The team's work developed in response to Ofsted's recommendation to identify features of "effective" pedagogies in their own subject-department lessons, with a view to disseminating these through school in an attempt to progress further. However, despite the pedagogical improvements made thus far, the data used to measure the success of the school still reads unfavourably when compared to similar schools nationally. The co-authors will challenge what "counts" as knowledge, achievement and success, and will argue that constraints placed on the school by budget, the standardized reform agenda, and high stakes accountability restrict attempts by the school to work in a more creative way as it strives to raise achievement and aims for an "outstanding" judgement from Ofsted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, High Schools, Teacher Researchers, Academic Achievement, Instructional Improvement, Budgets, Educational Change, Accountability, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)