An Alternative Approach to School Development: the children are the evidence

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 55 Number 1 (2013)

An Alternative Approach to School Development: the children are the evidence
MARY JANE DRUMMOND, SUSAN HART, MANDY SWANN, pages 121-132
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2013.55.1.121

Abstract

In this article, the authors describe the alternative approach to school development taken by the head teacher and staff of a primary school in Hertfordshire. Their approach is based on a resolutely optimistic and anti-determinist view of every child's capacity to learn, and their commitment to working as a school-wide community of learners. The article illustrates how the culture, policies and structures of the whole school were harnessed to the process of transformative change, and shows how staff members were given the support that enabled them to play their full part in bringing about these changes. It demonstrates how, when people are learning together, the power of the collective strengthens the learning capacity of everybody.

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MARY JANE DRUMMOND, SUSAN HART, MANDY SWANN (2013) An Alternative Approach to School Development: the children are the evidence, FORUM, 55(1), 121-132

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