1st Edition

World Class Tackling the Ten Biggest Challenges Facing Schools Today

Edited By David James, Ian Warwick Copyright 2017
    144 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    144 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Every school is different, but all schools face very similar challenges. Drawing on their combined teaching experience of over fifty years in both independent and state schools, educationalists David James and Ian Warwick have chosen ten questions that tackle the most difficult challenges that face schools today, and invited leading education experts to address them in stimulating and accessible essays, which are each under a thousand words.

    With contributions from John Hattie, David Blunkett, Doug Lemov, Anthony Seldon, Sandy Speicher, Tim Hawkes and many more, this insightful and engaging book features exclusive essays with some of the world’s most well-known and well-respected thinkers and speakers in education, business and politics, accompanied by thought-provoking introductions.

    The contributors provide new perspectives on some of the issues that occupy educationalists today; they challenge conventional wisdom and, above all, put forward practical, workable, evidence-based solutions that can transform teaching and learning.

    World Class is a powerful manifesto for change that nobody interested in education today can ignore.


    Notes on Editors

    Notes on Contributors

    Foreword Carol Dweck



    Chapter 1 How can we improve teaching?


    Patrick Derham

    Kevin Mattingly

    Ramya Venkataraman

    Brett Wigdorz

    Haley Vlatch and Robert A Bjork



    Chapter 2 How can teachers become specialists in their subjects?


    Robert Coe

    Christine Counsell

    Jonnie Noakes

    Robert Peal

    Ian Warwick



    Chapter 3 What should we teach?


    Claire Fox

    Heidi Hayes Jacobs

    Ian Leslie

    Pernille Ripp

    Graham Watts and Steve Muthiitene

    Sakena Yacoobi


    Chapter 4 How can we improve professional standards?


    Nick Alchin

    Barbara Blackburn

    Lucy Crehan

    John Hattie

    David Weston


    Chapter 5 How should we test our students?

    Carolyn Adams and Matthew Glanville

    Tim Oates

    Andreas Schleicher

    Bob Sornson

    Dylan Wiliam


    Chapter 6 How independent should schools be?


    David Blunkett

    Karin Chenoweth

    Justin Garrick

    James Handscombe

    Tony Little

    Chapter 7 How can we improve student behaviour?


    Tom Bennett

    Steve Biddulph

    Paul Dix

    Mary Anne Heng

    Emma Louise Kemp-Gee and Iroise Dumontheil

    Doug Lemov

    Chapter 8 What technology should we use in the classroom?


    Abdul Chohan

    Daisy Christodoulou

    Beth Holland

    Sandy Speicher

    Liz Sproat

    Chapter 9 How can progress be most effectively measured in schools?


    Carrie Huang Jia-Li

    Tony McAleavey

    Harmer Parr

    Christine Ryan

    Tom Sherrington

    Chapter 10 What does outstanding school leadership look like?


    Tim Hawkes

    Steven Jay Gross

    Linda Massey

    Dominic Randolph

    Anthony Seldon














    David James is a Deputy Head in a leading coeducational independent school in the UK.

    Ian Warwick is Senior Director of London Gifted & Talented (www.londongt.org).

    "A wonderful, provocative, enjoyable and original book." Carol Dweck, Lewis & Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

    "I'll declare and interest here as this treasure-trove of a book includes a short contribution from me. More importantly, however, James and Warwick have managed to assemble an astonishing array of thinkers to produce a book that will challenge, inspire and inform in equal measure." David Weston, author

    "During the busy term time it can be impossible to find the space to stop and reflect on the wide range of issues impacting on schools and education. So if you look to the summer break as an opportunity to pause and think about the issues that really matter to you, then this book will give you plenty to think about. Each chapter invites contributors to share their thoughts on the various challenges in less than a thousand words.
    With the challenges addressing topics such as teaching, testing, behaviour, the use technology and effective leadership, this book is ideal for starting a summer deck-chair debate."
    Paula Nagel, Principal Educational Psychologist for a national children's mental health charit and author