Sunday, 30 November 2014


We need to continue to be positive and optimistic and remember to... 

We know what matters; leadership, vision, positive behaviour, discipline, focus, passion, engagement, creativity, partnerships, relationships, persistence, determination and hard work. We need to continue the conversations, build the relationships and the trust and not be distracted by those who argue that everything we have achieved over the last fifteen years was rubbish. Over the years ordinary colleagues in so many places have achieved the extraordinary and transformed outcomes, schools and lives!

The work of schools and the National Strategies on literacy, numeracy, learning to learn, attendance and behaviour had, and is still having, a massive impact and has left a vital legacy of toolkits and strategies that work. Research on how the brain works, positive psychology, Investment in Excellence, STEPS and parenting has changed lives and transformed teams, families and individuals. Work on coaching and mentoring has developed ambassadors and role models for so many talented young people with latent potential and magic who just need encouragement and personal support. Work on creativity, innovation and enterprise has created vibrant and exciting learning connected to real life and the world of work.

We must have the courage to continue to tell our stories about this work and to build brilliant learning and brilliant learning places to deliver 21st century learning. And, we must create the environment and the culture to inspire our children to become artists, inventors, scientists, doctors, designers, learners, mathematicians, teachers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers and big picture thinkers... whatever it takes!

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