Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Why isn't it writ large in every party manifesto that we must work to create a great school for every child and young person, whatever it takes... because, if we can't, can someone tell me whose children should go to the schools that aren't great?
Whatever happens in the election the challenges remain the same... we must create great schools at the heart of every community so that everyone can have what people have told me is simply a dream; great outcomes for every child and young person. I am told that it would be expensive but surely the consequences of failing are much, much more costly. And the answer isn't to create more academies and Free Schools. The DfE would have us believe, that everything will be OK through takeovers and the slow demise of unpopular and unloved schools but whose children are we sacrificing while this happens? Surely we have to improve and develop every school? You can build brilliant provision through a systematic process of change driven by a relentless and uncompromising belief in people; the teams in our schools, the parents and carers they serve and the young people who lie at the end of the golden threads that connect to everything we do. This agenda isn't simply about reaching the so called 'gifted and talented' or the 'academic' but also reaching the hardest to reach and the hardest to teach. This agenda is about educational excellence and if we get it right we can achieve our dream; a great school at the heart of every community!

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