Data-driven school improvement: What type of pedagogy is now being used at Ellenbrook? Do the unit readings support, or counter, MacNeill’s new pedagogic approach as the right one that will lead to school improvement in a primary school?

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Answer all of the following five questions as clearly and concisely as you can: 1. Using the case study report, and any other information you can find from Schools Online http://www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/home.do and/or other Internet sources, describe the school community that is Ellenbrook Primary School in terms of its ICSEA; staffing formula; student numbers, traits and attendance rates; location and level of funding. Based on what you learn about this school, if you were leader of the school, how would you lead in a manner that align’s to Gurr’s advice that “successful school leadership is context sensitive, but it is not context driven” (2015, p. 140)? 2. Describe Principal MacNeill’s leadership and align it to one of the theories of educational leadership that most suits his style. Analyse the merits and pitfalls of MacNeill’s leadership style and evaluate whether it is a good fit for the recent and current needs of Ellenbrook Primary School. 3. In the Fogarty case study, Principal MacNeill said, “we realised that a constructivist approach to pedagogy wasn’t delivering the goods that our kids needed” (2016, p. 2). What type of pedagogy is now being used at Ellenbrook? Do the unit readings support, or counter, MacNeill’s new pedagogic approach as the right one that will lead to school improvement in a primary school? 4. Using the NAPLAN data found in Schools Online for Ellenbrook Primary School, show in a graph the NAPLAN scores of the 2014 year 3 cohort and compare them to the 2016 year 5 results in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling and grammar & punctuation. Once you have created the graph, describe the progress and growth made in NAPLAN scores from year 3 to year 5 between 2014 and 2016 at Ellenbrook Primary School. Discuss whether you think Ellenbrook is a ‘cruising school’ (Hattie, 2016, p. 13) and whether the school is effectively creating what Hattie would describe as a successful school? 5. “An emperor wishes to have a perfectly accurate map of the empire made. The project leads the country to ruin – the entire population devotes all of its time to cartography.” (Lyotard, 1984, p. 55) This quote, at the beginning of the Lingard (2011) article, sums up well the position of educational philosophers who do not appreciate the reductivist nature of school improvement criteria based largely upon standardised literacy and numeracy test scores. How do you think that Lingard (2011) would judge the leadership of Principal MacNeill and his staff at Ellenbrook Primary School? Would it be favourable or not and why do you draw this conclusion?

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