Moira Marder, Ed Vainker & Lee Sargeant

How collaboration can turn a 'stuck' school around

The way to turn struggling schools into successful ones is to team up and support our fellow leaders, say Moira Marder, Ed Vainker and Lee Sargeant

The head of a 'stuck' academy and two leaders from different trusts explain how they joined forces to turn the school around

The Ofsted report is a brutal read. “Too many pupils make inadequate progress because a culture of low expectations and insufficient challenge to stimulate pupils’ thinking limit what they can achieve,” it says. Then: “middle leaders do not have the skills needed to fulfil their responsibilities”. And: “leaders and governors have failed to make the improvements necessary to provide pupils with a good level of education”. It continues like this, relentlessly, for 11 pages.

Walking down the corridors of All Saints Academy Plymouth, the analysis from Ofsted was brought viscerally into ...

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