Friday, 21 March 2014


I am not sure why it is but a lifetime of working with schools has shown me time and time again, that culture beats strategy every time!
And recognising that culture is 'the way we do things around here', unless schools, authorities, chains, partnerships, cooperatives and organisations develop, foster and nurture a culture of excellence, the very best you can hope for is ordinary. Extraordinary comes when people strive for excellence, when their passions are aroused, when they are trusted to do it their way and when they are given the support and encouragement to take risks, to experiment and to be creative. And interestingly, in my experience over forty years, it doesn't matter which scheme or programme or approach you then adopt to release the magic... as long as you believe!

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