Sustaining the comprehensive ideal: The Robert Clack School

Trevor Male, Ioanna Palaiologou

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This book explores the development of educational leadership within difficult contexts via the lens of a previously failing English secondary school in an area of urban poverty. Based on extensive interview data from 2012-2016, the authors demonstrate that the fundamental ethos underpinning the school’s improvement is a desire to meet the needs of young people in disadvantaged communities in order to equip them with the skills to allow them to transcend their situation. The authors posit that this school embodies the ‘comprehensive ideal’ of secondary education in England: that education should not be disadvantaged by background, and that the state should provide free and high quality education for all. This book will appeal to students and scholars of comprehensive education and schools in difficult contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages95
ISBN (Electronic)9783030341565
ISBN (Print)9783030341558
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • Comprehensive
  • Educational Leadership
  • Ofsted
  • Robert Clack school
  • School improvement
  • Secondary education
  • Students


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