This important new book draws lessons from a large-scale initiative to bring about the improvement of an urban education system.
Written from an insider perspective by an internationally recognized researcher, it presents a new way of thinking about system change.
This builds on the idea that there are untapped resources within schools and the communities they serve that can be mobilized in order to transform schools from places that do well for some children so that they can do well for many more.
Towards Self-improving School Systems presents a strategic framework that can help to foster new, more fruitful working relationships: between national and local government; within and between schools; and between schools and their local communities.
What is distinctive in the approach is that this is mainly led from within schools, with senior staff having a central role as system leaders.
The book will be relevant to a wide range of readers throughout the world who are concerned with the strengthening of their national educational systems, including teachers, school leaders, policy makers and researchers.
The argument it presents is particularly important for the growing number of countries where increased emphasis on school autonomy, competition and choice is leading to fragmentation within education provision. Foreword by Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Boston College, USA