Behind the headlines and controversy surrounding new academy schools, many of their principals, teachers and pupils have been quietly changing the culture of learning and achievement in some of the most disadvantaged communities in England. While successful innovation and change is not unique to academies, this book illustrates how the academy policy represents a significant opportunity to improve the life chances of their pupils. Too much attention has focused on unanswerable questions about whether academies are better or worse than their predecessor or comparable schools in their neighbourhood. Too little focus has been on what policy makers and practitioners can learn from the different, and often conflicting, perspectives of the key players, notably sponsors, architects, principals, parents and pupils in order to create a school that can truly serve their community with distinction.
Elizabeth Leo has held senior leadership and management posts in universities and schools in the UK. She has led research and development with academies, maintained schools and local education authorities to promote strategic leadership that transforms teacher and student motivation, learning and achievement. Her research and publications focus on improving academies and schools in high poverty, highly disadvantaged communities from a cognitive-motivational perspective. David Galloway has published research on school and teacher influences on bullying in schools, extending his previous work on school influences on students' behaviour, and on provision for special educational needs. He also has a research interest in motivation. He has (co)authored or edited 15 books and about 100 articles. Phil Hearne is one of the most successful academy principals in England having led two academies in London. He is currently executive director of the country's largest and most complex all-age Academy in the North East. He has contributed to national and international conferences on leadership and, more recently, is focusing his research on rethinking the nature of organisational change and development of academies.
Part 1. Background Chapter 1. Why academies? Chapter 2. Socially divisive gimmick or political and moral imperative? Chapter 3. Opposition: Dogma or legitimate concern? Part 2. Innovation, governance, leadership, teaching and learning Chapter 4. " It's really down to the sponsor." Chapter 5. Schools for the future: Trophy buildings or learning environments? Chapter 6. Distinctive features of academies: 1. Independence, accountability, pressure Chapter 7. Distinctive features of academies: 2. Innovation Part 3. Futures Chapter 8. A coherent policy? Chapter 9. Designed to deliver? Chapter 10. The future of academies: Consolidating the beachhead?
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