This research builds on two earlier CESE publications: High Value-Add schools: Key drivers of school improvement and Six effective practices in high growth schools. These reports identified broad descriptions of which practices make a difference; they did not, however, identify how schools successfully implement these practices. This paper sets out further research done to fill this gap.
This paper presents a case study analysis of how a group of seven high value-add (HVA) schools in the Fairfield Network have sustained and built on their successful educational outcomes over the period 2010-2016. Focus group data were synthesised to answer four research questions.
The Sustaining Success case study (PDF, 800kB) describes how seven schools in the Fairfield Network have sustained and built on their successful educational outcomes by implementing the six effectives practices summarised in the CESE publication Six effective practices in high growth schools. The practices are:
- high expectations
- student engagement
- effective teaching
- whole-school goals
- professional learning.