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A self-improving school system: towards maturity

In exploring schools’ new responsibilities for teachers’ professional development and school improvement, this thinkpiece focuses on the nature of deep partnerships between schools and the action needed to achieve them. The evolving maturity model, initially sketched in Hargreaves (2011), is updated and broadened and provides further guidance on the third dimension, called collaborative capital, which is the state in which leading schools have established the mature partnerships that are the core of a self-improving school system. At this point, partnerships engage in disciplined innovation, develop as entrepreneurs, and acquire the skills to become the confident architects of alliances and partnerships between schools.

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National College for Teaching and Leadership