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I am a Head of Department in a large urban secondary school which is trying hard to improve student achievement. One of our departmental colleagues is highly regarded by parents for work in the community. Unfortunately, he does not mark his books regularly and his classes obtain poor GCSE grades....
I visited Arkwright Primary school in order to look at school improvement from the point of view of a teacher with a responsibility post other than the head. I was advised to talk with Brenda Thomas, primarily because she was singled out as having successfully led the implemention of 'Success for...