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Pursuing Greatness is the latest in a collection of case studies emanating from the Going for Great programme, run by The London Leadership Strategy.


Pursuing Greatness is the latest in a collection of case studies emanating from the Going for Great programme, run by The London Leadership Strategy. Going for Great supports outstanding schools to learn from each other and in turn support the schools around them. Over nine years, Going for Great has supported 130 schools. Each year a new cohort contributes a book of case studies documenting innovative, inspiring initiatives in their schools.

About the authors

Rachel Macfarlane is the Director of Education Services at Herts for Learning, the largest not-for-profit school improvement service in the country. From 2007 until 2018 she was a National Leader of Education, serving as headteacher of three contrasting schools over a 16-year period. In 2011 Rachel joined Ark Schools to set up a new coeducational, all-through academy for 4- to 18-year-olds in Ilford, East London. This was judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in all areas in 2014 and the founding cohort gained GCSE outcomes in 2017 which placed the school in the top percentile for progress. Since 2009 Rachel has been project director of the London Leadership Strategy's Going for Great (G4G) programme, which involves working with leaders of outstanding schools to share good practice and produce case studies for dissemination to London schools. She also led the Good to Great (G2G) programme from 2010-14. She is a director of LLS. Rachel is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education. From 2016-18 she served on the headteacher board for the regional schools commissioner for the North-East London & East of England region.

Damian McBeath was the founding headteacher of Ark Conway Primary Academy, the first free school to be designated `outstanding' by Ofsted and described by former Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan as `an engine for social mobility' and by her predecessor Michael Gove as `truly excellent; a brilliant school with inspiring teachers and leaders'. Damian has worked as an executive headteacher and is now a regional director for Ark Schools overseeing their London and Portsmouth primary schools. In 2014 Damian was named by the Education Foundation as one of their Educational Reformers of the Year for `inspiring and collegiate leadership and nationally acknowledged achievements for pupils in a new school'. In 2016 Damian was part of the Department for Education's ITT Behaviour working group responsible for producing Developing behaviour management content for initial teacher training (ITT). He has been a course leader for the G4G programme since 2015 and feels fortunate to have worked with so many inspirational leaders in education.

Additional Information

Author Rachel Macfarlane and Damien McBeath
ISBN 9781912906239
No of pages 202
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1 Mar 2019

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