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Strategies

By now, you will have set out some goals and targets. You are sure of your baseline data and you know what you are trying to achieve.

Strategies are about how you are going to get there.

Your emerging plan is not set in stone. You might find reasons to change things as you work on your strategies. However, try to stick to your guns once you have decided on your strategies and actions to be taken.

There are many ways to look at strategies, but it is worth taking account of several considerations at the start.

  • As professional teachers, you already know about a variety of strategies. Don’t ignore your professional knowledge and think you have to come up with outrageously innovative ideas. Good practice remains good practice.
  • At the same time, if you keep doing the same thing you will keep getting the same result. Consider how that might apply in your setting.
  • Remember that comprehensive approaches are essential. It’s no use having an excellent literacy program if students are not attending school. Equally, if students are attending, quality programs are required for progress to be achieved.

The pages about strategies that you will find in the menus on the left are not meant to be detailed descriptions of action. Rather, they provide some possible directions for you to consider and work on. The other place to look for examples is in the case studies on this website.

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