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Whole School Change: A Literature Review

By Pat Thomson. 2nd edition, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, ISBN: 978-84-89668-80-5

Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) published the second edition of its Whole School Change: A Literature Review, which focuses on the history, theory and practice of school change. This publication considers the reasons why people engage in school change and the main processes describing how such change occurs. The report questions assumptions about the purpose of change, and stimulates reflection about how we evaluate change and demonstrate its permanence.

The review begins from the premise that English schools have been engaged in a serious and intensive school improvement programme for quite some time. This has caused progress in many pupil's learning abilities. However, a lot more can be done with new models and approaches. The emphasis in this review is on bringing together a wide range of materials, methods and sources of further information, at least some of which are less widely known.

The review is divided into two sections: Food for Thought, that outlines a set of issues which relate to the ways in which people think, and therefore do, whole school change, and Stories of Change, that explores some of the lessons leant about school change. An Appendix points to some interesting international programmes.

The book is freely available online at www.creativitycultureeducation.org/data/files/cce-lit-review-whole-school-change-255.pdf