Against this strange background of new Academies, free schools, milestones, floor standards and a constant stream of announcements about cuts locally, regionally and nationally, we must remain positive about the things that matter. Wherever I have have worked, ordinary people, passionate about learning and teaching have transformed the learning landscape and achieved outcomes that no one ever believed were possible. After all, we know what it takes too build brilliant...learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability... it's all about:
- shared vision, values and beliefs;
- strong, passionate distributed leadership;
- a culture of high expectations;
- celebration of achievement;
- high self-esteem;
- inspiring teaching in brilliant learning environments;
- assessment for learning and the powerful use of data and information;
- a strong outcomes focus to deliver not just academic and technical excellence but happy, healthy, safe and successful young people;
- a coaching and mentoring culture; and last but not least
- intelligent accountability.
We must also learn to listen... to parents and carers, to communities and to faith groups, to businesses and to our colleagues in further and higher education... but most importantly we must learn to listen to our children and young people. Tom Peters said...