A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools Paperback – 18 Oct 2018
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Rob Carpenter is one of the most inspirational educators that I have ever met. His passion and drive are making a real and lasting difference to our school children. - Matthew Syed, bestselling author of 'Black Box Thinking' and 'You Are Awesome'
I just love this book. With children and classrooms at its heart, it challenges some deeply held assumptions about school improvement and really does come up with a compelling manifesto for change, rooted in collaboration, experimentation, trust and interactivity not activity. But most of all, it's the story of how a community of adults and children have learnt and grown together and achieved great success. A must-read for educational leaders in any setting. - Andy Buck, founder of #honk and Leadership Matters, @Andy__Buck
Rooted in personal experience, A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools demonstrates how rapid school improvement can be achieved through a relentless focus on collaboration. I would encourage all school leaders to read Rob's honest assessment of his headships and then ask themselves 'how can I make this approach work in my context?'. - --Kcarrie Valentine, Head of Professional Development Services, Association of School and College Leaders
This is a hugely important and timely book. A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools offers an authentic, compelling and inspiring new approach to leading schools - one that puts the emphasis on deep learning for every individual in school, not just the children, in order to create sustainable long-term growth. A must-read. - Mark Burns, leading consultant and co-author of 'Teaching Backwards'
At a time when we are awash with theories, new research and policies, A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools is a very timely reminder that it is the children who are at the heart of school improvement. Through a very personal and honest story you will take away lots of practical and thoughtful ideas that you can make your own to suit your context - a must-read for all those who work in schools! - --Dame Reena Keeble, retired headteacher and chair of the 'Effective Primary Teaching Practice Review 2016'<?i>
A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools is a book that needs to be on the shelves of every school. In it Rob Carpenter reframes the way we look at schools. His manifesto is about relationships and capital for learning where schools work in collaboration with each other to develop pupils and staff and to be a 'special place to learn'. Combining current research, personal stories and reflections from one experienced educator, its expansive coverage is absorbing and refreshing. It is a bold book and one that offers an exciting vision for the future for schools. - Dr. Jonathan Doherty, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Childhood & Education, Leeds Trinity University
This is a wise book. Rob Carpenter has written a guide to achieving excellence that combines principle and practice in a highly effective way. He balances systematic and rigorous analysis with authentic insights and a deep understanding of evidence-informed practice. This book is a powerful resource for leadership combining challenge and reassurance with an unwavering focus on the quality of learning for all. - --John West-Burnham, independent teacher, writing and consultant in leadership development
About the Author
Rob Carpenter is Executive Headteacher of two thriving primary schools in Woolwich, London. He is a National Leader of Education and Senior Partner with Challenge Partner, and he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the UK.
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The author is clearly deeply committed to achieving a more equitable education system, and he shows clearly how this agenda can be advanced through a series of highly practical solutions.
Any teacher or school leader will appreciate the focus on the real substance of education. The author continually asks us to reflect on what education is really for, and provides a very refreshing counter-argument to the dominant narrative of test-based accountability. He shows how instead we can use assessment and school self-evaluation systems to support children to develop the knowledge and skills that will be genuinely important to them in 21st century society.
The book continually places creativity and problem solving at the heart of everything we do in schools. I loved reading about the author’s inspirational vision for a curriculum that empowers children by connecting learning to real life experiences, and by motivating them to use their education to make a positive impact on their communities and the wider world.
The author’s insistence that through collaboration and a relentless focus on the real substance of education we can achieve a genuinely equitable education system that delivers for all children is hugely energising. There is so much that any teacher or school leader will want to take back into their own schools right away.
I hope this book will be read in schools up and down the country, and by anyone with a stake in delivering an education system that works for all.
Concepts we thought were long lost over the course of the last decade of total fragmentation and decimation of our education system, such as collaboration, trust, love, determination, hope, belief, anticipation, joy, marginal gains, the staying power to unravel layers of complexity, and the wonderful 'aha!' of learning is what brought us all into the profession in the first place. After reading this book, I understand that all is not lost. Far from it.
A must read for educational purposes with advice on how to improve systems and sustain improvements; which is not only advantageous to pupils but is of the utmost importance to staff as well.