While academic results achieved by different schools
have been extensively measured, up until recently, variations in
performance between classes and departments within a
school have received little attention. The Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development found that performances
varied four times more within British schools than
Called “within-school variation” this has been
described as education’s biggest challenge because it can
have a negative impact on a child’s educational development.
An eighteen-month research project by the National College for
School Leadership has discovered a number of ways to address this
problem by working with 25 head teachers around the UK. It has been
so successful that the project will now double in size.
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