Research to support Schools of Ambition

Moira Hulme, Ian Menter, Education in the North

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This briefing paper offers an outline of Research to Support Schools of Ambition, a school- university collaborative partnership initiated by the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) in September 2006. It sketches the development of this three-year project, from the policy background to the support strategy that is being developed. It identifies the major challenges that have arisen in the first year of the programme and some of the issues currently under consideration as we approach the second cycle of research and a significant expansion in the number of participating schools. Although the research element of the Schools of Ambition is still developing, what seems to be emerging is an innovative way of providing support for schools that are going through a period of significant change. Although the schools vary enormously in many ways, they have all committed to significant change and as they engage with a research orientation to that change, we are beginning to see the establishment of new processes of knowledge exchange and new relationships between research, policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages3
JournalEducation in the North
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007


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