Podcast 112: School Improvement Research + Collaboration


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Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working...
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How do multi-academy trusts create a shared culture?

Our 112th interview is with, Toby Greany, Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, a seasoned researcher in school improvement.

In this podcast, listen to Toby and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • Why and how Toby got into school improvement
  • Talking about teaching English in Brazil and China for over 4 years
  • How Toby ran a large-scale action research program on learning to learn in schools
  • The study Toby is most proud of called Hierarchy, Markets and Networks with Rob Higham
  • Studies that tackle academisation
  • Successes and pitfalls of academisation
  • Links between vision, values, and school improvement
  • The challenge of school improvements in large Multi-Academy Trusts
  • The similarities between corporate mergers and new schools joining a trust
  • and the costs of the ‘middle tier and MATs providing a support structure doing the lockdown.

Listen to the podcast (38 minutes)

Remember, the podcast is available on iTunes!

Toby Greany

The impact of multi-academy trusts have no discernable difference on school standards; although small MATs do have a positive impact (2018).

This study of the ‘self-improving system’ best captures Toby’s main interests in system governance and how leaders respond, plus this open-access article builds on that to focus on the changing role of Local Authorities.


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