In 1996 Routledge published Success Against the Odds, which looked at how a sample of schools in a variety of disadvantaged areas managed to be effective, despite the odds being stacked against them. Since that time much has been written on school improvement and raising standards. Success Against the Odds - Five Years On revisits the eleven schools that were studied in the first book to see if they are still managing to do well in the current climate. The book looks at what has been learnt and developed in the field of school improvement and effectiveness during the period between 1995 and 2000 and implications for policy and practice are discussed.
'The qualities of leadership needed to achieve 'Success Against the Odds' is well conveyed, and especially the ability to develop school culture in such an unpredictable environment … the book deserves to be widely read.' - Improving Schools
'The book should prove an inspriration for all those involved in schools euphamistically described as "challenging".' - John O'Leary, The Times 2
Times Educational Supplement Book of the Week, June 2001:
'When the first Success Against the Odds was published five years ago, The TES said it would be the most valuable of all the National Commission on Education's influential reports. Now the sequel, Five Years On, ensures that it will also be the most enduring influence of that wide-ranging, independent national enquiry prompted by Sir Claus Moser.
'Involved parents who want to improve their children's schools will find many good ideas to try out at parent-teachers associations, consultations and maybe even governors meetings.' - Health Matters