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It takes effort to stay on top

It is not enough to reach the top and consider your work done. In order for a school to remain outstanding, a continual programme of improvement is necessary. In this post, we take a deeper delve into the component of growing the top as part of our approach to school improvement which underpins the work […]

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How upwards convergence is good for all

OLEVI’s Chair, Professor Sir George Berwick, shares his thoughts around how upwards convergence is good for all. Shared knowledge is a powerful tool which can help the continual improvement of schools’ performance, as we have discovered with Challenge Partners’ Growing The Top Programme. On the 28 January 2020 Professor Peter Mathews in his blog titled. […]

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Grasping the power of innovation

As Matt Ridley says, innovation is gradual, however, as we described in our previous blog, the pace can accelerate as a result of a change in circumstances. In this blog, we describe how the interjection from an individual can result in a critical step-change. In 2009, we held the inaugural meeting of the National Teaching […]

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Innovation is a gradual process

When the success of Ravens Wood School led to an exodus of staff for more senior positions elsewhere, the school’s leadership found itself adopting a novel approach to cope with inexperience among the remaining teachers. Matt Ridley has for a number of years written extensively about innovation.  In his latest book, ‘How innovation works and why […]

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In memory of Professor Peter Matthews OBE, 1944-2020

We were all saddened to hear that our esteemed colleague Professor Peter Matthews OBE died suddenly on September 1 following a brief illness. Our thoughts are with his wife and two daughters, their families and friends. Peter was an inspirational figure and friend throughout our collaborative community.  As an international expert in evaluation, our endeavours […]

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Our best-laid plans are put to the test

It is now just over eight months since China reported the appearance of a ‘mysterious flu’ which came to be known as Covid 19. Two months later, all of the countries we report upon, with the exception of Sweden, closed their school gates to all but the most vulnerable pupils and those of key workers. […]

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