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ERIC Number: EJ795755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
School Structures: Transforming Urban Complex Schools into Better Learning Communities
Haimendorf, Max; Kestner, Jacob
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v50 n2 p191-197 2008
This article, which forms part of the policy booklet "Lessons from the Front" written by participants and Ambassadors of the Teach First scheme, argues that educational outcomes are often adversely affected by the size and structure of many urban complex schools. Rather than multiplying the efforts of teachers, too often the organisational model of these schools works against them, militating against the development of effective teacher-student relationships. For many teachers, the fruits of their efforts are "merely" that the world does not fall down around their ears: not too many fights occur, expulsions are kept to a minimum and there are just enough GCSEs at A*-C. Clearly this is not good enough. The article considers how organisational structures in urban complex schools can work to multiply teachers' efforts, creating learning communities that foster more positive educational outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom