School plan to share ideas ‘is getting results’

The BBC is reporting new research that suggests a scheme to allow schools in different parts of Scotland to learn from each other is starting to get results…

The partnership improvement programme is designed to help boost pupils’ performance and is particularly aimed at those from deprived backgrounds.

The idea is to give schools more chance to share ideas and good practice.

Education Scotland said eight partnerships have been established involving 13 local authorities.

The aims of the partnerships include trying to create leadership and learning opportunities for staff.

There is no hard evidence yet that these partnerships are helping children perform better academically, but the anecdotal evidence seems positive.

The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at Glasgow University has been assessing how partnerships are developing.

Prof Chris Chapman, from the centre, said: “Although this programme is at an early stage of development, we are already beginning to see benefits from using collaborative inquiry-based approaches across classrooms, schools and local authority boundaries.

“So far the programme has supported opportunities for leadership development and professional learning.

“However, perhaps most importantly, the programme has increased teachers’ awareness of and focus on improving teaching and learning of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

He added: “Put simply, the emerging evidence suggests that with careful nurturing and appropriate support, these partnerships have the potential to significantly improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children in Scotland.”…

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