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.

Reflections and Alternatives

Reflections and Alternatives

Leading is difficult. It can upset the status quo and entrenched interests, so don’t expect it to be easy. Reminding education leaders to consider the interests of children ahead of those of adults, especially if you are proposing a system recall, implies a disruptive change to the way adults operate.

Professor Adrian Piccoli, Gonski Institute, University of South Wales

The real “results” of education are in the child’s heart and mind and soul, beyond the reach of any tape or measuring machine.

Edmond Holmes (1911)

The pervasive and narrowly formulated understanding of what works is now limiting the system’s capacity for equitable development.

Kirsten Kerr and Mel Ainscow (2017, p. 12)

Inequity is a social failure, pure and simple. It guarantees better outcomes for ...

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