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Sharing the secrets of success at Education World Forum

26 January 2017

Education Development Trust launched their latest research report, The rapid improvement of government schools in England, and shared lessons for international policymakers at a breakfast event during the Education World Forum in January.

CEO Steve Munby and director of research and consultancy, Tony McAleavy hosted education and skills ministers from around the world to showcase the report's findings. The report throws the spotlight on an interesting group of schools in England; around 100 of a total of 360 primary and secondary schools that moved from a position of serious underperformance to being 'good' or 'outstanding' (as judged by external inspection) in a short period of time.

'It was really important to us to have the opportunity to share lessons learnt with policymakers from around the world,' explains Tony McAleavy who also co-authored the report. 'In compiling the report, we spoke to the headteachers of these schools and so we have been able to identify the key factors that ensured fundamental change came about in such a short period of time. The role of the leaders themselves was of course pivotal as was their ability to take purposeful emergency action while planning for the long-term. There was a particular ability as well to diagnose weaknesses in teaching and learning and also to greatly improve the quality of teaching.

'The breakfast seminar allowed us to look at how how these vital lessons might be applied in different contexts around the world. It was great that we had representatives at the launch event from countries as diverse as Peru, Bermuda and the UAE.'

Read The rapid improvement of government schools in England.