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Gray, John – Improving Schools, 2004
It has long been assumed that schools which were "effective" with respect to one set of outcomes (usually academic performance) were generally more "effective" in relation to others. This article reviews the last three decades of British evidence across a range of affective, social and other non-cognitive outcomes including:…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, School Effectiveness, Accountability, Educational Indicators
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Smith, Mark; McKay, Euan; Chakrabarti, Mono – Improving Schools, 2004
Over the past couple of decades, residential special schools in Scotland have faced fundamental changes to the way they operate. This has involved the withdrawal of state funding, a shrinkage of the sector and a situation in which schools now have to sell their services in a market economy in order to survive. This article gives a brief outline of…
Descriptors: Residential Schools, Special Schools, Behavior Problems, Children
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Durrant, Judy; Dunnill, Richard; Clements, Simon – Improving Schools, 2004
This article examines three projects in which a Higher Education Institution (HEI) worked in partnership with individual secondary schools to support school self-review. Each project was designed and negotiated to meet the needs of the school. External "visitors" from the HEI worked alongside teachers to gather evidence and develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Colleges, Secondary Schools
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Boyd, Brian; Lawson, John – Improving Schools, 2004
In early 2003, a Council commissioned a research project involving four secondary schools to get a pupil perspective of the Guidance system. The context for the project was the implementation of the McCrone agreement and, in particular, discussions about the future role of Guidance in secondary and primary, schools. The evidence from the project…
Descriptors: Guidance Programs, Educational Experience, School Guidance, Comprehensive Guidance
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MacBeath, John – Improving Schools, 2004
Self-evaluation is a concept replete with paradox and ambiguity. It suggests a spontaneous impulse but connotes a political mandate. It posits an individual act of self-reflection but is a meaningless notion without some social reference point. Its application may be personal, social or institutional, its purpose summative or formative. It may be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Evaluation (Groups), World Views, Politics of Education
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Glashan, Lisa; Mackay, Gilbert; Grieve, Ann – Improving Schools, 2004
This article reports a study of support for pupils with autism in a Scottish education authority. The pupils attend mainstream classes in primary schools but receive additional support from an outreach service. The study aimed to understand the nature of outreach support from a mainstream teacher's point of view. The principal data of the project…
Descriptors: Autism, Teacher Attitudes, Outreach Programs, Mainstreaming
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Turner, Chris; Mitchell, Sue – Improving Schools, 2004
The purpose of this article is to present the findings from some empirical research carried out in 2002 among 200 staff working in 13 secondary schools in South Wales, concerning their views of the management of professional development. The findings indicated many of the significant differences between staff were gender-based. Female staff…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Foreign Countries, Staff Development, Professional Development
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Hancox, Grenville; Barnes, Jonathan – Improving Schools, 2004
In July and August 2003, five top UK universities offered a range of three-week summer schools to "gifted and talented" 11-16-year-olds. This initiative, heavily subsidized by the UK Government, who wish to push "the cream of the nation's pupils forward", used school holiday time to bring together nominated children from all…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Summer Schools, Gifted, Students
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Holmes, Darren – Improving Schools, 2004
The Hartlepool Networked Learning Community has focused on promoting teacher enquiry as a vehicle for professional learning and raising standards of achievement in schools. This article highlights how the enquiry programme was designed and managed. It describes the ways that teachers have approached their enquiry work, including how some of the…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Discourse Communities, Professional Development, Foreign Countries
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Hayes, Denis – Improving Schools, 2004
After issuing a flood of missives about education during its time in office, the Government is now actively encouraging the exploitation of creativity and offering schools the opportunity to be more flexible in their interpretation and teaching of the curriculum. This apparent change of heart has left school leaders and classroom practitioners…
Descriptors: Creativity, Test Results, School Law, Teaching Methods
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