Thursday, 6 January 2011


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." 

Having carefully read the new McKinsey Report and the new PISA research, I realise more and more that we need to continue to commit to the vision, values, behaviours and beliefs that have shaped everything that happened in Leeds over the last ten years and in York for the five years before that. We know how to build brilliant learning places and we also know that great learning isn't about more autonomy, Academies and Free Schools but about people, passion, performance and releasing potential. 

Whether we work in Alberta or Helsinki or Stockholm or Singapore or Leeds or York we need every school to be a great school; a passionate and compassionate learning place working at the heart of its community to release the magic. We need to maintain the relationships and partnerships and develop a collaborative and co-operative team who will continue to share and learn together. Let me know if you want to join!

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