Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Don't tell me that every school can't be an outstanding school.
The real challenge for schools in an age of rapid change is to prepare our young people "for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that have not been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet". The McKinsey Report sets out very clearly the stages on the journey to excellence.

The four steps are as follows.
STEP ONE: Going from Poor to Fair - concentrate on the '3Rs' to bring all schools up to a minimum level.
STEP TWO: Going from Fair to Good - invest in good systems and develop strong and effective performance data, put in good financing, organisational infrastructure, accountability etc.
 • STEP THREE: Going from Good to Great - invest in teachers and professional development so that teaching "becomes a profession like law or medicine".
 • STEP FOUR: Going from Great to Excellent - move the "locus of improvement from the centre to the schools themselves", facilitate school-to-school and teacher-to-teacher peer-based learning, encourage system-sponsored innovation and experimentation.

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