Welcome to SLT4AA

SLT4AA, School Leadership Toolkit for Accelerating Achievement is a two-year Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership project, which aims to equip leadership teams with the competences, structures and tools to transform underperforming schools into high performing schools.

The project will develop training modules, a ‘toolkit’, for school leadership teams, which are designed to equip the teams to accelerate the pace of school improvement. The toolkit is based on an analysis of how two UK schools were transformed from failing to highly successful schools, which is then developed and tested in schools in all partner countries.

The project is led by Durham University in the UK and has five further partners, ASCL (Association of School and College Leaders) from the UK, Teach for Bulgaria, part of the Teach First network, and three Universities, Debrecen in Hungary, Tartu in Estonia and Lusofona in Portugal.

The specific outputs of the project will be:

  • A project website hosting the downloadable resources and case studies
  • A down-loadable set of 5 training modules for current and aspiring school leaders
  • A handbook to support the training
  • A set of case studies in 5 countries in both Primary and High Schools illustrating practical strategies used for school transformation
  • A set of dissemination materials and seminars in 5 countries
  • A research report on the process and results of the project
  • A final international conference to promote the training resource

Partners will work with leadership teams from 4 schools in each country to develop and test the resources through using the schools’ current data performance and priorities for improvement.

This work will take place in the schools during the academic year 2015-16 and the training modules will be finished and published in a final conference in June 2016

First Partner Meeting

The first partner meeting was held in November in London. This was an intense working meeting which covered a range of management and development issues, including the sharing of the project quality plan, a checklist on deliverables and an agreement on initial dissemination activities.

The management meeting was followed by a 5 day workshop, which analysed the leadership strategies in two schools, which had been transformed.

The workshop included visits to these schools, which had been brokered by ASCL. The schools were Sydney Russell School in Dagenham and the Skinners Academy in Tunbridge Wells.

http://sydneyrussellschool.com/

http://skinnerskentacademy.publishpath.com/

Partners were very grateful to these schools, their input to the workshops and their hosting. Both were very impressive in their leadership and enabled us to undertake some significant analysis in preparation for the toolkit structure.

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Second Partner Meeting

The second partner meeting was hosted by Teach for Bulgaria in Sofia in March. After dealing with management issues, partners presented their longlist of schools to be involved in the project. We had the opportunity to visit two of these schools in Sofia, to understand the Bulgarian context and discuss the leadership issues with key staff.

The rest of the meeting was a workshop session. The workshops were dedicated to building on the outline prepared in London to develop more detailed training modules. These were then finalised and resourced prior to the third partner meeting.

Third Partner Meeting

The third partner meeting was hosted by Tartu University in Estonia in June. Once again we had the opportunity to visit two schools that will be involved in the project, one a public school and one a private school. This enabled us to have a further understanding of the different school contexts.

After dealing with project management issues, partners provided a briefing on the final list of schools to be involved in the project and some of the challenges they face.

Partners then moved on to making final adjustments to the resources to be used in the workshops with schools, planning for the next academic year and agreeing dissemination priorities, including the date of the final international conference, which will take place in Debrecen, Hungary on 1st July 2016.

Workshops with Schools

A set of resources for workshops with schools has been finalised. There is a pre-workshop activity involving each school collecting data on an agreed template in order to provide a baseline and inform school priorities.

The activities for the six days of workshops cover the following topics:

  • Creating a Vision for Improvement
  • Communicating the vision
  • Preparing for Change – Personnel Management
  • Preparing for Change – Structures
  • Preparing for Change – Teaching and Learning and Measuring Impact
  • Action Planning

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