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Research project: School improvement in challenging contexts: insights from ten new headteachers.

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This research project funded by the Ambition Institute (2018-2019) presents findings from ten qualitative case studies of new-in-post headteachers working to secure school improvement in primary and secondary schools facing challenging circumstances in England. The range of data collected was based on two rounds of qualitative interviews with the headteachers and members of their senior leadership teams.

The findings of the study contribute to existing knowledge through offering further insight into the complex and challenging first year in post of headteachers, whilst it will be of particular interest to current headteachers, prospective headteachers and others working in senior leadership positions in schools facing similarly challenging circumstances. The report is highly relevant to the work of anyone who supports headteachers in their leadership of schools, together with those who work to provide high-quality training and professional development. A diagnostic card deck used to support school improvement planning was also developed from the findings of the project.

For further information, please visit the Research and Insight website.

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Leadership, Educational Effectiveness & Policy
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