IMPLEMENTING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
An annual programme for a “vertical slice” of stakeholders
“How can we implement policies and practices that replicate (or improve upon) positive research findings when implemented in our school context?”
In recent years, schools have become increasingly engaged with education research in an attempt to become more evidence-informed. However, many schools are finding that engaging with research is harder than it sounds. In part, this is due to the fact that we tend to overstate the importance of research findings, and underestimate the importance of effective implementation.
Implementation science is a new field of study that has emerged in the last 10 years or so, in a systematic attempt to answer the question all school leaders wrestle with: “How can I build on what is known from the research literature, to implement policies and practices that replicate (or improve upon) research findings when implemented in my context?”
Implementing School Improvement is a year-long programme where we help schools assemble an implementation team – a ‘vertical slice’ comprised of a range of stakeholders – and work with them to create an implementation plan (a detailed, multi-level plan of action designed to bring about positive, sustainable change) that the school can put into practice over a three-year period.
As well as creating a detailed implementation plan for how to develop and embed a shared language of learning, the school will also learn about implementation science itself – an innovative approach to school improvement that can be used to bring about sustainable change across many areas of school life.
Implementation science is going to be the next big thing in education: if you want to be ahead of the curve, this one is not to be missed.