Success against the Odds: Effective Schools in Disadvantaged Areas

Success against the Odds: Effective Schools in Disadvantaged Areas

Success against the Odds: Effective Schools in Disadvantaged Areas

Success against the Odds: Effective Schools in Disadvantaged Areas

Synopsis

This powerful new book takes up the key theme of how schools in disadvantaged areas can become effective. Top educationalists, business figures and people from the wider community together investigate in depth some of Britain's most successful schools.

Excerpt

Fair Furlong Primary School

South Bristol

Agnes McMahon, Jeff Bishop, Roger Carrol and Brian McInally

Fair Furlong is in an area of considerable social and material deprivation, with a high crime rate, a very high proportion of single parents and very little prospect of the development of any industry which might lower the high unemployment rate: all of this might well have a devastating effect on the ethos of any school. At this school a devoted staff, effective leadership and the development of sound policies have done much to counter these adverse conditions. the work of the children, both academic and creative, generates an enthusiasm which communicates itself to parents and the wider community.

This is a study of a primary school in Bristol, a school which has a vibrant, exciting atmosphere, where pupils and teachers work hard and effectively. a school described by governors, parents and teachers as 'marvellous', 'absolutely brilliant', 'exciting', 'inviting' and about which the chair of governors said 'it's all buzzing in the school now'. the classrooms and corridors are filled with displays of children's work, there is a school choir which has sung in Bristol

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