school effectiveness

the term for an area of educational research which aims to study and identify aspects of schooling which make a difference, looking at such issues as ethos, management style,leadership, and school policies. One result has been the itemising of the characteristics of an effective school and this has itself been the subject of some dispute by those who feel issues to do with a school's socioeconomic context, the nature of its intake, and school composition are given insufficient attention in such an approach.