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The Pendulum Swings

Transforming School Reform

Paperback
June 2010
9781858564685
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    17th June 2010
  • ISBN 9781858564685
  • Language English
  • Pages 220 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Images graphs
$34.95

Since 1988, British education reform has been driven by what Bernard Barker shows to be a delusion. The notion that learning can be improved by five measures: performance tables, competition, poverty denial, best practice recipes and quick leadership fixes has proved to be wholly untrue.

As the pendulum swings towards a general election in 2010, this timely book argues that New Labour’s education policies have become the single biggest obstacle to school improvement. If policy makers don’t change their thinking completely, schools will be trapped in cycles of perpetual change that lead nowhere.

Discontent with failed, top-down reform and the prospect of political change have created a rare opportunity to reinvent British education policy, and to think afresh about how teachers and children should be encouraged to aim high. The Pendulum Swings explores alternative, genuinely transformative conceptions of leadership and learning and explains how they could become the foundation for a better approach to improving our schools.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Foreword—Meg Maguire
Preface: Getting the Boys to Sing
1) Introduction: The Dynamics of School Reform
2) Must the Disadvantaged Fail?
3) Markets and Competition
4) Imagine an End to Failure
5) Bastards and Prophets
6) Best Practice
7) Progressive Alternatives
8) Transforming School Reform
Notes
References
Index

Bernard Barker

Bernard Barker is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, School of Education, University of Leicester. He headed comprehensive community colleges in Cambridgeshire and Leicester for 19 years and is the author of the acclaimed Transforming Schools – Illusion or Reality?