Reporting back

3rd April 2009 at 01:00

I read with interest the article "Small lapses, big disasters: the theory of planes, aims and gains" (March 13), but was concerned to see the accidental omission of the report's title and authors.

The research referred to is a report published in September 2008 by CfBT Education Trust: Improving Secondary Students' Academic Achievement Through a Focus on Reform Reliability by Sam Stringfield, David Reynolds and Eugene C Schaffer. In that report, we demonstrated that the characteristics of high reliability organisations, such as air traffic control towers or nuclear power stations, can be applied to shape whole school reform. The research shows that a group of schools in Wales, that have followed this model since 1996, have made a substantial and sustainable gain in academic achievement.

Tony McAleavy, Education director, CfBT Education Trust.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today