Practical Tools

Mathematics Teaching Project - Factors Influencing Success

The Training and Teaching of mathematics is matter of teacher subject knowledge and pedagogy.  But its implementation in the school context is a matter of organisation and authority.

For an intervention to improve the quality of mathematics in a school to succeed, it is essential that the project design include both these dimensions:  the Mathematics teacher and the wider school organisational context.

This article provides examples of the dynamics and planning required of a typical school intervention programme to gain traction.

Self evaluation of School Leadership: Domains, standards and statements of practice

In the context of school self-evaluation, the development of these standards is an acknowledgement that effective leadership is essential for schools to be - and continue to be – places where successful learning happens. These standards acknowledge that creating and sustaining successful learning communities requires the skilful direction of action planning for improvement and the skilful management of ongoing change. These skills are defining characteristics of school leadership. - Report on Self Evaluation of School Leadership (The Inspectorate School Improvement and Quality Unit, October 2015)

Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders: New Directions and New Processes

Effective leadership is vital to the success of a school. Research and practice confirm that there is slim chance of creating and sustaining high-quality learning environments without a skilled and committed leader to help shape teaching and learning. This research report from the Wallace Foundation, Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders: New Directions and New Processes, describes the elements of a possible new direction in school leadership assessment.