School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints

Keddie, Amanda 2014, School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints, Cambridge journal of education, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 229-244, doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2014.882883.

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Title School collaborations within the contemporary English education system: possibilities and constraints
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Cambridge journal of education
Volume number 44
Issue number 2
Start page 229
End page 244
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0305-764X
Keyword(s) policy
politics of education
Summary This paper’s focus is on an alliance of schools in England that came together as part of the National Teaching Schools initiative. Drawing on interviews from Head Teachers within the alliance, the paper explores issues of school collaboration from a premise that such collaboration is paramount to school improvement within the current climate of increased school autonomy and increasingly rigid accountabilities. The Head Teachers highlight key factors that supported effective school-to-school collaborations associated with sharing their expertise and fostering active and cooperative connections. They also, however, highlight factors that undermined genuine collaboration associated with a prioritising of the performative demands and economic imperatives of the audit culture. The impact of this prioritising should, it is argued, be considered in any analysis of school collectives within the current English education system – particularly given their proliferation and the responsibility placed on them in terms of school improvement.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0305764X.2014.882883
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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