Benchmarking for school improvement

Kelly, Anthony (2001) Benchmarking for school improvement, London, UK, Routledge Falmer, 170pp.


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In educational management, benchmarking is a term often used to describe a school’s performance against a national or localised average. This is not the sense in which the process has been used to great effect in the commercial sector, where benchmarking is a comparison against the best, not against the rest. In this, the first book to consider comparative benchmarking in an educational context, Kelly proposes that measuring effectiveness against a national median performance, as opposed to against another organisation which is acknowledged to be effective, is counter productive.

‘Benchmarking for School Improvement’ develops comparative benchmarking as a tool for self-assessment in schools and colleges. It is a step-by-step guide to forming profitable partnerships with other organisations and is based upon what national and international school effectiveness research tells us makes for a successful school. It is a practical guide to ‘doing’ benchmarking, linking the process to target-setting as a means of being able to gauge self-improvement.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0415256666 (hardback)
Keywords: Benchmarking, school improvement, school effectiveness, performance, target setting
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 9783
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:13

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