Urban School Improvement

  • Barbara MacGilchrist
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 19)

The chapter concludes by arguing that current approaches to school improvement in urban settings need a radical re-think as does the current definition of an effective school. It then suggests that there is potentially an opportunity in England at the turn of the twenty-first century to have a joined-up holistic approach to breaking the link between social class, disadvantage and educational outcomes that could bring about sustained improvements over time. It suggests four building blocks for achieving this. These concern: the government’s Children’s Agenda; the New Deal for Communities program; the importance of high quality early childhood education; and the need to rethink the curriculum and assessment arrangements in the 14–19 phase of schooling. It explores some of the factors that need to be overcome for these strategies to be effective in urban settings.


Urban School School Improvement Disadvantaged Community League Table Disadvantaged Area 
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  • Barbara MacGilchrist
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  1. 1.Institute of Education, University of LondonU.K.

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