Sunday, 19 May 2013


It’s amazing that the blog has reached colleagues in the United States, Russia, Germany, France, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Austria, Romania, Philippines, Sweden, Poland, China, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Australia as well as colleagues all over the UK this month.
What I have learned from my visits to brilliant learning places, all over the world, is that we all share the same passion, the same commitment, the same challenges, the same problems and together we can find the solutions. We need learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability to release the potential and the magic in our colleagues, our children and our young people. We need to develop character and skills and knowledge, recognise the uniqueness of each learner and personalise the offer we make. We need to flip our classrooms to focus on the things that make the greatest difference to learning: feedback, coaching and teamwork. We need to develop understanding and knowledge but more importantly we need to develop character, resilience and grit alongside literacy, numeracy and learn to learn skills and increasingly we need to recognise that every child need to develop higher level skills alongside creativity, innovation and enterprise.

Educating its' children is the most important thing any society does since it builds the future; creates the parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, businessmen and women, nurses, designers, policemen and women, bankers, sportsmen and women, retail workers, construction workers, firefighters, artists and entrepreneurs of the future. You name it they will be sitting in a classroom tomorrow learning important stuff! OK as someone always points out it's different the world over and while I agree we must understand that we all operate in different contexts we all need to create a culture that develops knowledge, character and skills; positive attitudes, positive behaviours and high expectations. We need to understand that the child spends most of their time in their family and their community and connect our offer to understand that learning is 24x7x365 and we need to understand the importance of relationships, conversations, and learning journeys. 

Our greatest challenge isn't catching up with those countries that lead the world in PISA but celebrating, recognizing and rewarding the ordinary colleagues in every country who are releasing an extraordinary magic with their children. We must share, network and learn from these stories and these examples and create a community of learners in learning schools and learning organizations across the world!


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