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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  

Excellence
Excellence

To excel is, of course, to be the best, or among the best. It is possible to excel in something evil, as Henry V says to one of the traitors:

And whatsoever cunning fiend it was

That wrought upon thee so preposterously

Hath got the voice in hell for excellence … (Act 2, Scene 2)

Schools aspire to be excellent, or, in the current Ofsted parlance, ‘outstanding’. It helps when results in tests or examinations are well above the national average, but a school can still be outstanding with lower results, if it can be shown that pupils have made exceptional progress from the time they entered the school. This is usually demonstrated by ‘CVA’ (contextual value added). A school would have to be in at least the ...

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