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Ivinson, Gabrielle – Improving Schools, 2014
This article explores poverty from the perspective of the intergenerational transmission. That is, it suggests that communities, and specifically a post-industrial community in South Wales, had developed coping strategies to manage the precarious character of employment associated with the mining and steel industries. These post-industrial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Working Class
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Wrigley, Terry – Improving Schools, 2012
For many years, England has been the epitome of high-stakes accountability, often playing leapfrog with the USA. It represents an extreme of centralized surveillance, with schools organized as a quasi-market and supervised through a punitive combination of external inspection, the use of test data to name and shame schools, and ultimately closure…
Descriptors: Evidence, Privatization, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement
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Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article outlines the progress and impact of professional learning communities within, between and across schools, as part of the implementation of whole system reform in Wales. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are being developed to support improvement and change across the education system in Wales. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Improvement
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Kerry, Trevor – Improving Schools, 2005
This article uses small-scale research based on critical incident analysis to throw light on the importance of the role of the deputy head in primary schools. It suggests that deputies are frequently left alone and exposed to manage potentially very serious situations, and that both aspiring deputies and those new in post need specific training.…
Descriptors: Critical Incidents Method, School Districts, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement
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Riley, Kathryn; Jordan, Jill – Improving Schools, 2004
This article describes a change initiative which began in 2002: "Woolwich Reach and Plumstead Pathfinder Action Zones" (WRaPP). WRaPP has involved 17 primary, secondary and nursery schools in a deprived part of Greenwich, South London, and although nationally funded (through the UK Government's Education Action Zones), it has been…
Descriptors: Nursery Schools, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Primary Education
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Turner, Chris; Mitchell, Sue – Improving Schools, 2004
The purpose of this article is to present the findings from some empirical research carried out in 2002 among 200 staff working in 13 secondary schools in South Wales, concerning their views of the management of professional development. The findings indicated many of the significant differences between staff were gender-based. Female staff…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Foreign Countries, Staff Development, Professional Development