Their young people appear to be very much the same as our young people. Their parents and carers want the same for their children; as they do the world over! Governments and local authorities have invested huge amounts and recruited teams of incredibly talented and experienced colleagues who have already proved themselves in schools and classrooms and we have the most inspected, assessed, moderated and tested education system in the world! So why aren't we world class?
We all know that you don't improve the pig by continually weighing it. They say that the Finnish system has cracked the code but I have my doubts...they do however have some elements which are worth considering. The most effective systems across the world appear to have established a clear sense of what they are trying to achieve for their children and young people and then they get out of the way and allow local solutions to develop alongside local accountabilities and support.
- They are trusted, empowered and enthusiastic...
- They belong to teams of talented colleagues working in schools and classrooms...
- They are supported locally by focused and efficient teams...
- leadership matters;
- continuity counts;
- enthusiasm is contagious;
- small is beautiful;
- relationships are key;
- be passionate;
- coaching counts;
- persistence and determination go a long way;
- it's hard work; and
- it's a team game.