As part of the 14 - 19 Review we have said that we want 80% of our young people to get level 2 qualifications by 2015... that's 5 good GCSE's in old money! Currently 52% get to this level at 16 with another 20% achieving it by the time they are 19... so we are almost there already by 19, we simply have to do it earlier and better.
That means that our current Year 3 children, who will do their GCSE's in 2015, are the target group... real children who we can track and monitor and work with to ensure that they achieve and succeed. Another way of looking at it is that currently in every class of thirty Year 3 children only 16 will achieve 5A*-C grades or the equivalent at 16. We need to increase this to 24!
This challenge affects all of us and requires a cultural change, an additudinal change and belief across the team that this is not just possible but easy! The trick is going to be to lock together three powerful elements around our little learners:
- inspirational teaching;
- engaging and accessible curriculum pathways;
- brilliant coaching and guidance.
We can do this but our starting point has to be to develop a culture where we all believe that everyone has the potential and the ability and the intelligence if we can nurture it, develop it and release it. My only question is why were we so unambituous... why not 100%?
Remember... set the goal and invent the way, set the goal and make it happen.