Implementation: it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Too often, new strategies are launched in schools with a big start-of-term fanfare before quickly fading away. Here, Jo Lamb poses five questions for leaders to ponder before they rush ahead with implementing the next ‘magic’ solution

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In the last week of the summer holidays, re-energised after a break and with the start of term looming large on the horizon, I turned my attention to the school improvement plan.

Although I certainly felt optimism about the year ahead, and things were moving in the right direction, I approached the task with a sense of frustration (I’m sure, as a school leader, I’m not alone in this): we were working hard, we had a committed and talented staff team, we had invested time and resources into high-quality CPD, and yet – in too many respects – we were still not where we wanted to be.

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