Every now and then it can be a good idea to sit back and take stock of what you have achieved and this, the 150th entry in this journal, is one of those times.

Over the course of the preceding 149 articles, we have written more than 150,000 words. To give it a bit of perspective, that is the equivalent of two PhDs, or a decent-sized novel.

There have been moments over these years where the idea of a paywall has been mooted, or a subscription, but it has been deemed unnecessary and counter to the purpose of this journal in the first place. We remain proudly free-to-access, our information available to anyone in the business of school improvement. To be anything else would be to spectacularly miss the point of why we decided to do this in the first place. After all, our approach to school improvement is about sharing knowledge, not controlling access to it.

The journal has been predominantly self-funding, with additional support from OLEVI who also publish the articles. We intend to remain free-to-access.

Themes, organisations, authors and other contributors

All those words, thoughts and sharing of knowledge have been brought to you by a team of authors and contributors spanning the globe.

We have been inspired by the number of authors and contributors who have continued to share their knowledge and experiences in the journal.

In our hundredth entry, we paid tribute to the first ten years of Challenge Partners. Since then, our publication has covered the following themes and organisations.

Themes

  • School transformation
    • Case study
    • Using role models
    • The starting point
  • Upwards Convergence Approach to school improvement
  • Well being and refining the theory of action
  • Disparity analysis
  • Capitals audit
  • Checklist for the new educational landscape
  • The beginning of our work
  • Global updates
    • Regional variations in public examinations in England
    • Impact of the pandemic
    • One-size does not fit all
  • The future of education
  • What we learnt from the pandemic
  • Innovation in education
    • Funding
    • Governance
    • It flows
    • Air purification
    • In Swedish Education
    • Learning from the health services response
  • Book review
    • Change @ Work (Dame Pat Collarbone and Simon Edkins)

Organisations

  • Challenge Partners
  • Diverse Academies
  • OLEVI
  • Institute of Education and its Education Leadership Centre
  • Horasis Global Meeting
  • Re-connect London
  • UNESCO ISEE Assessment – re-imagining education
  • Western Quebec School Board

We would also like to thank the authors who have taken the time to share their thoughts with the wider education community.

Authors

  • Amy Curry – Politmore, Canada
  • David McFall – Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada
  • Mats Rosenkvist – Successful Schools Sweden, Sweden
  • Jamie Tegerdine – Diverse Academies
  • David Vernon – Diverse Academies, England

Contributors

  • Kate Chhatwal – Challenge Partners, England
  • Sir Jon Coles, United Learning, England
  • Dame Pat Collarbone – England
  • Laura Conlon, Westcliff High School, England
  • David Cotton – Diverse Academies, England
  • Mike Dubeau – Western Quebec School Board, Canada
  • Louise and Chrisitan Ford, DESC, Dubai
  • Julie Fran Greig – Wakefield Elementary School, Canada
  • Richard Lockyer – OLEVI, England
  • Jenny Posner – Samares school, Jersey
  • Mats Rosenkvist – Successful Schools, Sweden
  • Simon Thompson – Cardiff High School, Wales
  • David Vernon – Diverse Academies, England

The future

In the future, as my work load declines and we have published much of the work we consider worthy of sharing, we do not expect to maintain the current volume of articles. There is, however, more to be said on school transformation and how to create an effective learning programme. In addition, contributions from our colleagues have been steadily increasing. Looking forward, the frequency of articles will reduce and they will become more focused on the present and future state of education and what we can do to shape it.

You will also see some improvements to the accessibility of material within the journal. We are in the process of making these changes, which when complete will deliver a more fluid user experience.

Among the planned improvements we will:

  • Provide a list of authors and contributors with a short bio and links to their contributions
  • Allow easy access to the main themes covered

Our overall approach will be easier access and improved relevance.


As you can see, we have covered a comprehensive list of themes and organisations over the past three years.  We would like to thank all of those who have contributed, in whatever manner, from authoring posts to sharing experiences on a day-to-day basis. It is thanks to your contributions that this journal continues to be such a valuable resource for all those in this field. For that we are extremely grateful.

Take care and stay safe

George

Professor Sir George Berwick, CBE