Leading School Turnaround and Improvement in Indonesia and Malaysia: Identifying What Works (June 2016 – Dec 2017)

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What role does leadership play in the turnaround and improvement of low performing schools? ‘School turnaround’ is an intervention and leadership initiative that helps heads of schools and principals “turn around” underperforming schools in Malaysia and Indonesia.

This project examined current practices of school leaders in Indonesia and Malaysia to improve school academic performance. It will build a knowledge base about education, leadership and school improvement in the Southeast Asian context, and deduce principles, strategies and approaches for policy-makers and practitioners.

The research is led by The HEAD Foundation Fellow Dr Alma Harris with Dr Michelle Jones as the co-Principal Investigator. The project began in June 2016 and is managed by Dr. Uma Natarajan, The Foundation’s Principal Researcher.
The working paper from the research is found here.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.