Combatting isolation: why coastal schools are failing and how headteachers are turning them around
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Deborah Sutton Craig Avieson, Nadia Paczuska and Phil Humphreys

Examining the long-standing concern over the low performance of schools in coastal areas, this publication draws on the findings a 2010 study of pupils entering a coastal school that had converted to academy status. The study found that the factors affecting coastal schools were geographical, economical and cultural. The negative impacts of these factors can be traced to the notion of isolation in these areas.

This follow up publication offers solutions by head teachers of costal schools. They suggest that schools can act as points of activity in the local community and counteract the issues of isolation.

Through the series of case studies the head teachers argue that a combination of strategic goals to counter isolation, along with the driving force of a resilient and inspiring leadership team, can bring the school and community together to the benefit of the school's pupils. 

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Deborah Sutton Craig Avieson, Nadia Paczuska and Phil Humphreys

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Future Leaders Trust

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October 2015

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This publication will be particularly useful for school leaders in ‘isolated’ areas, whether rural or costal, offering suggestions for how the school can become a hub for the local community. 


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