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A case study of school improvement: Seven crucial areas of focus

The factors that drove school improvement at Shipley Primary School can be broken down into seven key areas, including an inclusive vision, family outreach, building staff trust, and prioritising CPD. Headteacher Gavin Hamilton explains more
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The role of a headteacher requires you to wear many hats. Leading a school on an improvement journey puts each of these hats to use and necessitates a deep understanding of your school community paired with a strong support system, both internally through staff and trust support and externally through families and community members.

Each school and its community is unique which means its improvement journey must be tailor-made.

When I took on the role of headteacher at Shipley Primary School, a small Church of England academy, I knew that creating a sustainable improvement model would require drawing on a range of these elements to reach every corner of our school practice to achieve meaningful and sustainable impact.

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