I have spent the last twenty years working with schools on their development journeys and I have seen ordinary people achieve extraordinary things time and time again. Ordinary people whose passion, determination, persistence and hard work against the odds has achieved the remarkable. But the world is changing and increasing numbers of schools find themselves below the new floor targets and in a category... the new tougher inspection regime means more notices to improve and more schools in special measures. The role of local authorities is more confused and being increasingly marginalised as the champion and advocate for the child and their parents and carers with 'outstanding schools' at the heart of school improvement, system leadership and innovation and change.
Against a background of new Academies, free schools, milestones, floor standards and a constant stream of announcements about cuts locally, regionally and nationally, we must remain positive. Wherever I have have worked, we have transformed the learning landscape and achieved outcomes that no one ever believed were possible. After all, we know what it takes too build brilliant...
- shared vision, values and beliefs;
- strong, passionate leadership;
- a culture of high expectations, celebration of achievement and high self-esteem;
- inspiring teaching in brilliant learning environments;
- assessment for learning and the powerful use of data and information;
- a strong outcomes focus to deliver not just academic and technical excellence but happy, healthy, safe and successful young people;
- a coaching and mentoring culture; and last but not least
- intelligent accountability.
We must also learn to listen... to parents and carers, to communities and to faith groups, to businesses and to our colleagues in further and higher education... but most importantly we must learn to listen to our children and young people. Tom Peters said...