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Title: A Fresh Start for a ‘failing school’? A qualitative study
Authors: Araújo, Marta 
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Publisher: Routledge
Project: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 
BD/15537/97 
Serial title, monograph or event: British Educational Research Journal
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Place of publication or event: London
Abstract: This paper examines Fresh Start, a New Labour flagship initiative to raise education ‘standards’ in a radical and innovative way. Drawing on a qualitative study of a comprehensive school in England, I argue that the initiative added to the problems faced by the ‘failing school’ and promoted rather traditional ways of raising ‘standards’ due to the close surveillance that Fresh Start schools were subjected to. In the case studied, the needs of the pupils that the initiative was meant to address were being sacrificed in the school's construction of a ‘successful’ identity. While the initiative has now lost momentum, some lessons can still be learnt. This paper illustrates the complexity of creating a new school, as well as the need to attend to the specificities of the local context and experiences in raising ‘standards for all’ pupils.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/42621
ISSN: 0141-1926
1469-3518
DOI: 10.1080/01411920802642439
10.1080/01411920802642439
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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