In England, Top ‘Heads’ Oversee Two Schools at Once
Low-performing schools are put under guidance of successful principals.
Barry Day is the head teacher of the Greenwood Dale School in Nottingham, a school nationally recognized for achieving excellent results with high percentages of poor, minority, and limited-English-proficient students. But for the past year, he has spent at least part of each week at the nearby River Leen School, another secondary school with a similar population—but far lower performance.
His deputy head teacher has spent four days a week at the neighboring school. Two of his assistant heads work part time at the site, while other staff members have traveled back and forth.
The partnership between the schools is part of a initiative in England, known as National Leaders in Education/National Support Schools , which seeks to turn this country’s low-performing schools around by pairing them with successful...
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