Rebuilding Our Schools from the Bottom Up

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 60 Number 1 (2018)

Rebuilding Our Schools from the Bottom Up
FIONA CARNIE, pages 31-38
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2018.60.1.31


We live in a democracy and yet our schools are far from democratic. Decisions made by central government, implemented by headteachers and policed by Ofsted are rarely scrutinised or debated by those whose daily lives are significantly affected by them. Little surprise then that there is so much disenchantment on the part of teachers, disaffection of young people and disengagement by parents, many of whom feel powerless in the face of current education policy. This article explores how schools can transform their culture by strengthening voice, participation and the understanding of what it means to be part of a learning community. Giving examples of schools where teachers are encouraged to explore new ideas and discuss the challenges they face, where parents are actively involved and supported to help their children, and where young people are genuinely listened to and able to contribute to decisions about their learning and their school, a new way forward is charted, one which recognises the power of developing a shared sense of purpose and a common vision. It proposes transforming our schools from the bottom up.

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FIONA CARNIE (2018) Rebuilding Our Schools from the Bottom Up, FORUM, 60(1), 31-38

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