and the more adversity you face, the more positive you have to be.
Being positive helps build confidence and self-esteem”
Whatever the critics and the sceptics say education and learning has been transformed over the last 15 years and our successes are everywhere; not just the GCSE/Level 2/Key Stage results but the attendance and exclusion figures, the latest OFSTED analysis, work on healthy schools, work on developing the arts and music, work developing PE and school sport, work on tackling racism, work on inclusion and equity and much, much more. So many colleagues in so many schools have done a simply brilliant job... and always remember when it comes to judging our successes and failures "It is not the critic who counts...
We must continue to develop a culture of team with co-operative and collaborative approaches where we network and share what works and create 'centres of learning excellence' and where we learn from our own best practice and what works everywhere and anywhere. We must recognise and celebrate that every school is on a learning journey; a journey to outstanding and we must constantly challenge ourselves to do better. It's also increasingly clear that OFSTED doesn't work in this context and we need to develop a new accountability framework and a model to celebrate excellence and quality assure what we do. Since I worked in York, where we developed 'Schools Learning Together', a Gatsby Charitable Foundation project, I have worked to develop new models where we find and share the bits of magic in every school and be totally honest about the areas where things aren't good enough and then connect. We must work together to develop centres of learning excellence supporting teacher to teacher and school to school learning within a powerful and reflective learning community with a relentless and uncompromising focus on what works and importantly what doesn't.