What improves learning?

In a fair and just world, every child should have the right to benefit from positive RELATIONSHIPS within a supportive ENVIRONMENT in which they have OPPORTUNITIES that match their needs and the RESOURCES to allow them to make full use of these opportunities.  DISTRIBUTION of LEADERSHIP ensures that the whole community is engaged as both learners and providers of such learning opportunities. using open and transparent EVALUATION at every level to identify where improvements are most needed.  RECOGNITION forms the basis of the positive and supportive environment but also allows for effective ideas to spread and embed more rapidly. If any one of these elements is missing then the learning is less effective.

Schools are heavily influenced by the quality assurance regime of the day, be that progress measures, achievement, outcomes, quality of teaching, safeguarding policy, etc.  With such pressures it is possible to not pay enough attention to any one of the REORDER aspects and to lose sight of the fact that is the complex relationship between all these aspects that really is what makes a school outstanding.

The aim of this site over time is to collect together school improvement ideas for both teachers and school leaders and place them into the REORDER categories so that it is easier to focus on an achievable part rather than consider all aspects at once.

Why schools, teachers and ministers have found REORDER useful.

Excellent schools all over the world share a desire to do the best they can for learners.  This is sometimes described as a MORAL PURPOSE, a MISSION or simply a VOCATION.

Schools are complex organisations and often have hundreds of projects and interesting improvements happening in parallel.  Outstanding schools tend to find ways of linking these improvements together in ways that support effective innovation whilst maintaining the diversity and ownership of ideas.

Using a framework like REORDER has allowed schools, teachers and ministries of education to keep track of and support innovation.  It does this in two ways.

  1. It allows you to look across all aspects and decide which ones require a more sharper focus this year.
  2. It allows you to check that a project or activity has taken account of all of the necessary elements.

In summary REORDER is

  • Relationships
  • Environments
  • Opportunities
  • Resources
  • Distribution of leadership
  • Evaluation
  • Recognition

REORDER allows you to focus on one area of school improvement and make tangible progress.  The process uses LADDERS so that change can happen in smaller achievable steps.

Whilst you are focussed on one area it is possible that other aspects of the school could take a step backwards.  To avoid this REORDER describes these other aspects so that there are ways to monitor and maintain them until they themselves become the focus.

Schools are hugely complex institutions, the aim of this site is to help achieve greater change by structuring the options more logically.

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Site Started

Anna Hazeldine and Dan Buckley began compiling this site to clarify the use of the REORDER model in education.

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