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‘It is full of good sense, a treasure chest of helpful ideas which have the credibility of being grounded in case-study material, and in the experience of the authors, two of whom are practising headteachers. The book sets out the principles underpinning the learning school, but offers also a strong pragmatic focus and is organized so that it can be dipped into and something worthwhile easily found…It will support change and improvement in the professional practices involved in making a school a stimulating learning environment for adults as well as students' - Dr Martin J Coles, Assistant Director, National College for School Leadership The ‘learning school’ described in this book suggests an alternative to the preoccupation with tests, targets, and leadership from above, and focuses ...

Moving beyond Conventional Schooling
Moving beyond conventional schooling

This chapter summarises and proposes:

  • Four agendas for change which are needed
    • A new strategic direction.
    • A new approach to teaching and learning.
    • A new perspective on community education.
    • Building schools for the future.
  • The implications of these changes for stakeholders of learning schools.
Four Agendas for Change
A New Strategic Direction

Fullan (2003 p.22) comments:

The biggest problem facing schools is fragmentation and overload. It is worse for schools than for business firms. Both are facing uncertain environments, but only schools are suffering the additional burden of having a torrent of unwanted, uncoordinated policies and innovations raining down on them from hierarchical bureaucracies.

If we agree with this – and we do – then the case for a ...

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