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Vision and Action was a series of publications which ran alongside the case studies. This series documented the way in which a school rose to a particular challenge.

One of the makers of a school with a positive ethos is the way it can rise to a specific challenge, sometimes quickly and successfully, but often with greater difficulty - involving a whole process of learning and planning to cope effectively. Circumstances include when a school is facing closure or two schools merge, when an intake of pupils whose needs differ from those previously experienced (for example, a new special unit is formed, or a group of travellers or refugees arrive in the catchment area). Other examples might be the school facing major alterations to buildings or being rehoused, coping with staff changes or illness/bereavement in pupils or staff.

The Vision and Action series recorded how a school responded to such a challenge, the highs and lows, what helped (or did not), the lessons learned and contacts made, which might be useful to another school in a similar position. We were particularly interested to know what part the whole school ethos played in the response.

The full text versions of Vision and Action Numbers 1 to 7 are available online by following the links below.

SSEN Vision and Action, Number 1, August 1998: Lhanbryde Primary School in Elgin: challenges faced when moving to a new, purpose-built school.
Full pdf version here.
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Vision and Action 2, June 2000: Mainholm Academy: "Department of Support for Learning: Developing Inclusion"
Full pdf version here.

SSEN Vision and Action 3, October 2001: Pentland School: "Our school relocation: how our positive ethos helped us cope"
This Vision and Action paper is available to read in its full text version here.
SSEN Vision and Action 4, February 2002: St Paul's RC High School: "Including Asylum Seeker Pupils - extending our school community"
This Vision and Action paper is available to read in its full text version here.
SSEN Vision and Action 5, December 2002: Currie Community High School: "Responding to the Death of a Pupil"
This Vision and Action paper is available to read in its full text version here.
SSEN Vision and Action 6, May 2003: St Joseph's Academy: "Aiming for One Community"
This Vision and Action paper is available to read in its full text version here.
SSEN Vision and Action 7, March 2004: Blairgowrie High School: "Recovering a Sense of Belonging: Responding to Adverse Publicity"
This Vision and Action paper is available to read in its full text version here.