This book argues that much of what passes as contemporary educational reform in education is faulty and damaging. It argues that it is time for a ‘system recall’ and a need to look at what matters most in the pursuit of educational goals. The book focuses on what we know about contemporary educational improvement, transformation, and change. It will provide insights into what strategies work, long term, to build the capacity for principled change at the school and system level. The book will consider what leaders can do to secure principled school and system improvement which fully embraces diversity, equity, and equality. It will also dispel some myths about reform at scale and challenge some prevailing ideas about educational change that, it will be posited, are not helping many young people to reach their potential. The main argument of the book is that too many school and system improvement initiatives have not paid sufficient attention to equity issues in their pursuit of ever higher achievement and that the net effect of large-scale, international assessments have been to distract policy makers in ways that have not always benefitted young people. The book will use system examples to underpin and exemplify six core ways of re-botting the system and generating progress for all, It will highlight the implications for school and system leaders.
Chapter 5: Leading Parental and Community Engagement
Leading Parental and Community Engagement
I was talking to a boy in year 7. He was already in a programme to prevent him from being excluded, and he was telling me that he was trying hard to behave well. I asked if his teachers were pleased with his progress. His answer summed up my area of research and has stayed with me—“Yeah, I guess it’s nice when your teachers are happy but your dad’s your dad!”—with a great deal of emphasis on the final word. Pleasing his teachers was okay but what motivated him, what was keeping him trying to behave, was his father’s approval.
Looking through a random selection of books on school improvement, you will find that ...