More than ever we need GREAT SCHOOLS to connect more powerfully with young people, their families and the communities they serve. The research suggests that a GREAT SCHOOL can achieve amazing things but it's impact on a child's life only amounts to around 15% of the child's success. A great family and a great mum has a massively more important and influential role accounting for up to 30% of a child's success. And surprisingly a great community, an aspirational community, also matters hugely to a child's success.
Of course going to a GREAT SCHOOL helps, but simply going to a great school is not the only answer to the problems we face and we must recognise that many of the answers to the real challenges we all face in raising standards and achieving world class outcomes for our children lie in tackling poverty, deprivation and poor parenting and in building equality and equity at the heart of everything we do.