Exploding the Myths of School Reform places established and emerging ideas about effective school and system improvement under scrutiny. It confronts real-world challenges and perspectives from research, policy and practice, and draws on international benchmarking studies to support its objectives and claims.
With each of the ten chapters addressing a perceptible misconception - such as the myths that poverty determines performance, that achievement cannot be realised at scale, that innovation and networking always add value and that it is curriculum rather than learning that counts-this ground-breaking manifesto is set to provoke and persuade.
Through its carefully structured narrative highlighting areas of universal concern, the book presents a compelling approach to school reform, designed to enhance not only academic performance, but also the potential for students to learn.
Teachers, school leaders, directors, policy makers and researchers - educationalists from across the board - will find the instructive frameworks and 'codas' for systemic change at all levels disarmingly simple to understand and apply. The same values and strategies that uphold social equity are shown to also promote quality in teaching, strong system leadership, regional capacity building and whole school design.
David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and Director of Education for the Bright Tribe Trust.