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The Quest for Scale: achieving system-wide innovation and improvement in education

Published August 2018

This report is a critical investigation into the literature on scale and scaling in education and whether an alternative paradigm for achieving improvement at scale in education is required. 

It further explores whether current structures and policies in New Zealand, particularly Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, could facilitate a networked improvement approach to spur sustained, systemic improvement and innovation.

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Related video: The Quest for Scale

In a panel discussion facilitated by Margaret Bendall, Northcote College principal Vicki Barrie, UACEL Director Dr Linda Bendikson, PPTA President Jack Boyle and Professor Stuart McNaughton of the University of Auckland discuss the challenges of achieving improvement at scale and the potential for Kāhui Ako at the launch of the Education Hub’s research report, The Quest for Scale.

How should we be approaching Communities of Learning

How well are CoL currently working and what type of approach to innovation and improvement could replace them?

The Quest for Scale; The Holy Grail of education reform?

How should we be thinking about the role of scale in education and the purpose that it should play?

Building a system’s capacity to improve

How could a networked improvement approach support system wide improvement in New Zealand’s education system?

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