Tuesday, 4 December 2007

I visited a group of schools last week that set me thinking again about what makes brilliant...

I think the things that make brilliant are...
  • strong, disciplined, focused and passionate distributed leadership;
  • clear, shared vision, values and beliefs driving all aspects of the school;
  • a talented, energetic, enthusiastic and creative learning team;
  • a rich, exciting and engaging curriculum offer, inside and outside the classroom;
  • a powerful, stimulating and interesting learning environment for everyone;
  • confident, creative and passionate use of appropriate strategies and approaches to raise standards and achieve the five outcomes;
  • high shared expectations of children and the whole learning team;
  • strong, dynamic and meaningful relationships;
  • inspiring teaching and learning within a nurturing culture;
  • individual tracking of childrens progress and achievements;
  • early, appropriate and focused interventions;
  • high engagement and involvement of young people;
  • high parental engagement and involvement.

I need your help here and would welcome feedback... is this the recipe for outstanding schools releasing a very special magic or have I missed something?


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