ERIC Number: EJ736824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 2
Raising Standards: What Do We Really Want?
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v47 n2 p91-96 2005
When taking up her headship of a one-form entry primary school in "special measures" Alison Peacock's approach was to begin to rekindle joy amongst teachers in order to nurture and enhance the natural love of life and learning in children. She refused to label children by ability, preferring to value all individuals and celebrate success. Applying this to staff as well as to children, gradually the spark and the joy returned. In this now very successful school two points emerge particularly strongly. Firstly, an environment of discovery, team work and professional trust were more effective than current obsessions with rigorous lesson observation and targets. Secondly, through radical whole school student voice work a system of school democracy developed that had "a revolutionary effect on our school."
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Primary Education, Children, Democracy, Teamwork, Discovery Learning, Educational Environment, Principals, Administrator Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
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