School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints

Keddie, Amanda M. (2014) School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints. Cambridge Journal of Education, 44 2: 229-244. doi:10.1080/0305764X.2014.882883

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Author Keddie, Amanda M.
Title School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints
Journal name Cambridge Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-764X
1469-3577
Publication date 2014-02-13
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0305764X.2014.882883
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 229
End page 244
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper’s focus is on an alliance of schools in England that came together as part of the National Teaching Schools initiative. Drawing on interviews from Head Teachers within the alliance, the paper explores issues of school collaboration from a premise that such collaboration is paramount to school improvement within the current climate of increased school autonomy and increasingly rigid accountabilities. The Head Teachers highlight key factors that supported effective school-to-school collaborations associated with sharing their expertise and fostering active and cooperative connections. They also, however, highlight factors that undermined genuine collaboration associated with a prioritising of the performative demands and economic imperatives of the audit culture. The impact of this prioritising should, it is argued, be considered in any analysis of school collectives within the current English education system – particularly given their proliferation and the responsibility placed on them in terms of school improvement.
Keyword Policy
Politics of education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 13 Feb 2014

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