Implementation Science vs. School Policies


How long does it take for schools to embed new policy ideas?

Every school should know how changes to school policy, reduces or increases teacher workload, or makes no difference at all.

In my life as a teacher, it felt like ages for new ideas to ripple across a school organisation. Ask any school leader about implementing strategy, and they will tell you it takes several years for students, teachers and policy ideas to change habits and thinking.

But what does the available research say?

The latest research published by the Department for Education, The Working Lives of


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