Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Real Answers!

If we want to create great schools for every child and every community the real answers lie where they have always been.
We must continue to develop:
• clear and shared vision, values and beliefs;
• strong, disciplined, focused and passionate leadership;
• empowered, talented, trusted and disciplined colleagues;
• energetic, enthusiastic and creative teamwork;
• brilliant teaching supported by strong assessment for learning;
• effective use of homework and project based-learning to extend and enrich learning;
• high engagement and involvement of young people;
• high self-esteem and high expectations of everyone;
• powerful learning at the heart of everything;
• more time and the use of Summer and Easter schools to extend and enrich opportunities for learning;
• peer tutoring alongside early intervention and one to one tuition;
• strong, dynamic and meaningful coaching and mentoring relationships;
• positive engagement and involvement of parents and carers;
• powerful and constructive feedback to learners and teachers;
• powerful, stimulating and interesting learning environments;
• the effective use of technology and on-line learning;
• stimulating, exciting and engaging curriculum pathways that connect to the world of work and further and higher education.

Please let me know if you think I have missed anything out!

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