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Picturing preferred futures: using case studies to investigate solution-focused approaches to school improvement

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National College for School Leadership
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  • Education

Abstract

Picturing preferred futures: using case studies to investigate solution-focused approaches to school improvement Picturing preferred futures Using case studies to investigate solution-focused approaches to school improvement Research Associate Report Neil Birch, Headteacher, Highview School, Folkestone Summer 2007 www.ncsl.org.uk Inspiring leaders; improving children’s lives National College for School Leadership 2007 2 Contents Background 3 Methodology 5 Literature review 8 Findings 11 Conclusions 21 References 24 Acknowledgements 25 National College for School Leadership 2007 3 Background Clearly both problems and solutions do exist. However it is not always the case that they are connected or dependent on each other. (Mahlberg and Sjoblom 2004) If you ask any member of staff how they would like their school to be, many would picture a school with good quality teaching and learning taking place, young people behaving well, where pupils and staff felt valued and staff had the time and capacity for developing their teaching and their contribution to school as a whole. The key question for most of us, however, is how do we get from here to there? Using the principle that focusing on the ‘there’ will bring about more positive change than focusing on the ‘here’, a solution-focused approach may provide schools with a series of strategies to enable staff to develop the steps for achieving their preferred future. Much of school improvement work is currently based around addressing issues raised by the process of school self-evaluation. This model – ‘What do you know?’, ‘Where are the “problem areas”?’, ‘Do you know why they exist?’, ‘What are you doing about it?’ – is a standard educational review model and has much to commend it. However, some schools have

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