Raising Standards: what do we really want?

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 47 Number 2 & 3 (2005)

Raising Standards: what do we really want?
ALISON PEACOCK pages 91-96
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.20


When taking up her headship of a one-form entry primary school in 'special measures' Alison Peacock's approach was to begin to rekindle joy amongst teachers in order to nurture and enhance the natural love of life and learning in children. She refused to label children by ability, preferring to value all individuals and celebrate success. Applying this to staff as well as to children, gradually the spark and the joy returned. In this now very successful school two points emerge particularly strongly. Firstly, an environment of discovery, team work and professional trust were more effective than current obsessions with rigorous lesson observation and targets. Secondly, through radical whole school student voice work a system of school democracy developed that had 'a revolutionary effect on our school'.

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ALISON PEACOCK (2005) Raising Standards: what do we really want?, FORUM, 47(2 & 3 ), 91-96. https://doi.org/10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.20

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