Monday, 31 December 2012


So many people have told me over the years that we can't have EVERY SCHOOL A GREAT SCHOOL. Personally, after my experiences over the years and recently in Sheffield, Nottingham and Lincoln, I simply don't believe the siren voices that say it can't be done.

Many people I know share with me a compelling vision of a GREAT SCHOOL where every young person is a reader, writer and counter by eight, a brilliant little learner by eleven and then becomes an independent and creative learner following their own personalised and skill based learning programme through secondary education and on into college, university, the world of work and adult life. To drive this challenging and ambituous agenda in 2013 we must develop new models of learning leadership underpinned by respect, trust and openness and really focus on what works... assessment for learning, learning to learn strategies and the powerful use of new technologies alongside a relevant, rewarding and engaging curriculum offer underpinned by powerful and beautiful systems, new models of intelligent accountability and supported by a strong commitment to feedback, mentoring and coaching. Remember that nothing is impossible if you believe! So what's stopping us?

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