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Teachers and school leaders face a huge problem that people don’t often talk about: the vast majority of school improvement initiatives fail to bring about lasting, positive change. But – we’re in luck.


In recent years, a new field of study has emerged – implementation science – the study of how to bring about lasting, positive change in real-world contexts.


To date, implementation science has mainly focused on healthcare. Now, we have created Making Change Stick, a training programme for schools. In 2023, the National Academy of Educational Leadership (NAEL) funded a 6-month pilot study involving nine schools in Wales.


And as you can see in the video testimonials below, the impact - and the feedback - has been extremely encouraging!


Interim interviews (3 months into the 6-month NAEL pilot study)

Final interviews (at the end of the 6-month NAEL pilot study)



The Making Change Stick programme is available in three formats: 


​A. Facilitated programme (face-to-face, remote or blended)

B. Online course (this is the most cost-effective)

C. Blended (part-facilitated, part-online)


The programme is usually completed in 8x 3h (or 12x 2h) sessions, spread across a 6-month period. In these sessions, you will:


  • Complete a comprehensive course in effective change management, applying tried-and-tested tools and strategies from the 'science of implementation' to your school context

  • Write a comprehensive, 3-year implementation plan for a chosen area of school improvement

  • Convert your implementation plan into an easy-to-follow project management system


The Making Change Stick programme can be used to:


  • Learn about implementation science and change management

  • Improve an existing school improvement initiative

  • Plan and execute a school improvement initiative from scratch



This programme can be completed by individuals or groups of existing or aspiring school leaders. However, it is really designed to be completed by a 'vertical slice team' comprising representatives of different stakeholders from throughout the school community. This might include some or all of the following:


  • Senior leaders

  • Middle leaders

  • Early career teachers

  • Experienced classroom teachers

  • The Special Educational Needs And Disabilities coordinator (SENDco), or Additional Learning Needs coordinator (ALNco)

  • Teaching Assistants

  • Learning Support Assistants

  • Caretakers

  • Lunchtime supervisors

  • Admin staff

  • Parents/carers

  • Governors

  • Pupils


We operate a scale of fees depending on the size of the school. Hit the button below to receive a quote - or book in for a free 30-minute consultation with Dr James Mannion.

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