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All Our Geese are Swans

April 2014
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    7th April 2014
  • ISBN 9781858565309
  • Language English
  • Pages 180 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"

Schools in England are radically changing their organization and governance, casting aside the founding principle of the 1944 Education Act that education is a public service and abandoning the ideal of education as nurturing a sense of community. This book presents a portrait of a successful comprehensive school between the years 1980 and 2000. It illustrates how education can be broad-based, holistic, and creative, enabling children to love learning and develop as all-round people, in addition to passing examinations.

More than fifty insider contributions--contextualized by historical accounts--tell the story of a thriving school based on non-selective principles. The voices are of the students, teachers, governors, and parents. Together they show how it is possible for a well-led school with well-chosen staff to hold firm to their professional and moral beliefs, and in doing so resonate with their pupils, parents, and the wider school community.

This book is aimed at all those interested in education: parents, governors, teachers, teacher-educators, and policymakers. As a well-grounded case study of a non-selective school it belongs on the reading list of graduate and undergraduate degrees in education.

"It's essential reading for anyone who cares about state education, both its past and, more vitally, its future."

Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth, On Beauty and NW

Preface - Tim Brighouse

1) Editors’ Introduction - Tamsyn Imison, Liz Williams, Ruth Heilbronn
2) Student Voices
3) Parent and Governor Voices
4) Staff Voices
5) Context
6) Postscript - Tamsyn Imison



Tamsyn Imison

Tamsyn Imison is currently an education strategist and was headteacher of Hampstead School, 1984-2000.

Ruth Heilbronn

Ruth Heilbronn teaches at the Institute of Education, University of London and is a specialist in philosophy of education and languages in education.

Liz Williams

Liz Williams was chair of governors of Hamsptead School and is currently a trustee of Research and Information on State Education (RISE).