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You’re far too modest: The merits of Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a model that might help schools to know and better understand their strengths, thus supporting your school improvement processes. Fiona Aubrey-Smith explains more

One of the things that I love most about working with schools is the opportunity to visit and learn more about learning communities all across the country.

It is fascinating that even though there are around 25,000 primary schools and academies across England which are all broadly directed by the same national policies, each individual school is unique.

This uniqueness is something that becomes your USP when showing visitors and prospective parents around. However, it is also so embedded in the practice of the school community that even you, and your leadership team, might stop seeing it.

In every walkaround of a school that I’ve had the privilege of visiting, the headteacher has at some point said something along the lines of: “I hadn’t really noticed that – we all just do it.”

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