Researching seaside schools

Research in seaside schools

This project seeks to develop a deeper understanding of education in isolated seaside communities.

Project background

Some of the most challenging educational contexts are in communities that have been left behind. These are often located in seaside towns with declining industry and a lack of cultural opportunities. The project has three main aims:

  • To develop new theoretical understandings of educational isolation and territorial stigma
  • To contextualise policies targeting school improvement
  • To analyse the ways through which education leaders and practitioners have engaged with poorly performing coastal schools to turn them around.

Project team


Parfitt, A. (2020) Turning around coast-based schools: An interpretive narrative analysis of a report on school reform in English coastal communities. Improving Schools.

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