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The Restless School – Roy Blatchford March 18, 2014

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What is the cocktail of successful schools and their leaders? They are restless. There is a paradox at their core: they are very secure in their systems, values and successes, yet simultaneously seeking to change and improve. These schools look inwards to secure wise development; they look outwards to seize innovation which they can hew to their own ends and, importantly, make a difference to the children and students they serve.restless

This book is written with the certainty that whatever the quality of an education system and its schools at a given point in time, we shall strive to improve them, in the knowledge that perfection lies just around the corner. That is the human condition. That is the international imperative. That is the restless school.

  • What is the cocktail of success in memorable classrooms and great schools?
  • What powers the engine of The Restless School?
  • Should we judge schools by their values added or their value-added?
  • Why do schools falter and fail?
  • What might Excellence As Standard look like across global school systems?
  • What does the 21st century have in store for schools and school leaders?

Rooted in the experience of decades of education leadership, Roy Blatchford answers these key questions as schools everywhere seek to be world-class.


“In this thought provoking book Roy Blatchford draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems in order to capture the essence of successful schools. The image of schools which are ‘restless to improve’ – never complacent, however successful, founded on a ‘crucible of values’ – provides a deeply positive and optimistic vision of a thriving and confident education service. So often opportunities for busy school leaders to lead their schools with confidence are constrained by immediate and externally imposed pressures. This book provides a valuable opportunity for school leaders to challenge those constraints by reflecting on what really matters.”
Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders

“Blatchford sets teachers, schools and their leaders a standard that’s terrifying in prospect, yet assuredly attainable if we can just maintain our courage, commitment and determination – our professionalism, indeed, as he stresses. Inspired by this remarkable small handbook of school excellence, I don’t see how we can avoid accepting and confronting the challenge. It would be rude not to!”
Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle


About the author

Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust (www.nationaleducationtrust.net). Previously he was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 800 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India.

Roy was Principal of Walton High and Walton Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, opened in September 1999 and described by Ofsted as a first-class centre of learning innovative and inspiring . He was Founding Director (1996 1998) of Reading Is Fundamental, UK, a non-profit organisation developing children’s reading and family literacy. From 1986 1996 he was Headteacher of Bicester Community College, an Oxfordshire comprehensive school serving 1200+ 11-19 year old students.

He spent 13 years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for 30 years been a trainer and speaker with schools, teachers, leaders, parents and governors on English and literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He has served as an adviser to various governments, most recently as Deputy Chair/Chair of Drafting Group of the DfE Teachers Standards Review.

Roy has worked with HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Arts Council in a number of voluntary capacities, and is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of over 150 books and is a regular contributor to the national media. Recent books include Sparkling Classrooms, The 2012 Teachers Standards and Taking forward the Primary Curriculum.



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