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Leading change: Achieving effective implementation in schools

Leading change is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of leadership. We must engage and unite our colleagues and identify and overcome barriers. Drawing on new guidance from the EEF, Nikki Arkinstall considers how school leaders can navigate this tricky terrain
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Have you ever tried to improve, change, or implement something in your school? If you have, I am sure, like many other school leaders, you realise how hard a challenge this can be. Navigating the complexities of change can be a daunting task.

A new guide from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is aimed at helping school leaders to overcome the challenges and obstacles that often accompany change initiatives.

Based in research evidence, the guide should help school leaders to make informed decisions, paving the way for meaningful and sustainable improvements. The guidance report is based on an extensive review of evidence on implementation in schools. It outlines three key elements for effective implementation: 

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