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Forging Links
Effective Schools and Effective Departments


August 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is a very useful text for anyone studying comparative education systems as well as those who seek to understand more fully the complexities and frustrations that lie beneath the underuse of the leadership skills and talents of women in schools, colleges and higher education in a number of European contexts: England and Wales, France, The Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Spain' - School Leadership & Management

`There are few books of which one can say 'all secondary teachers and governors should read this book' but this is one of them. I would recommend it to primary colleagues too....Its messages about school effectiveness can uniquely be applied to school improvement because there is data about how the same children fared under different regimes in different subject areas in the same school' - School Leadership & Management

This major new school effectiveness study is a thought-provoking investigation of the concept of secondary school effectiveness. Based on a three-year study of secondary schools' GCSE performance, the authors point to the importance of looking at: trends over time; effectiveness for different groups of students; and subject differences.

They highlight the importance of moving beyond 'league table approaches' and the need to focus on individual departments using value-added approaches.

Forging Links illustrates the complexities of judging school performance. The findings make a significant contribution to our understanding of the factors and processes which help some schools and departments to enhance student progres


John Gray
Foreword
Michael Barber
Preface
 
Introduction
 
The Study of Academic Departmental Differences in Effectiveness
 
PART ONE: MEASURING SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESSB
 
How Can We Measure School Effectiveness?
 
Differences in Academic EffectivenessB
 
PART TWO: EXPLAINING DIFFERENCES IN EFFECTIVENESS
 
Case Studies of More and Less Effective Schools and Departments
 
Practitioners’ Views of Effectiveness
 
Understanding Academic Effectiveness
 
PART THREE: THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
 
Towards a Model of Academic Effectiveness in Schools
 
Implications for School Improvement
 
Last Words

`This book is a very useful text for anyone studying comparative education systems as well as those who seek to understand more fully the complexities and frustrations that lie beneath the underuse of the leadership skills and talents of women in schools, colleges and higher education in a number of European contexts: England and Wales, France, The Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Spain' - School Leadership & Management

`There are few books of which one can say 'all secondary teachers and governors should read this book' but this is one of them. I would recommend it to primary colleagues too....Its messages about school effectiveness can uniquely be applied to school improvement because there is data about how the same children fared under different regimes in different subject areas in the same school' - School Leadership & Management

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