Whatever it is we need to keep it simple, keep it focused and keep it disciplined. It's too simplistic to think that the answer lies in Trusts or Academies or Federations or Specialist Schools... although they are clearly part of the toolkit that will help us deliver brilliant outcomes for all our children and for all our young people.
The trouble with the current approach, where we look to continue to steadily and systemtically improve our outcomes is that it is simply too slow and fails to recognise that we need a significant step-change in outcomes if we are to deliver world class learning for our young people.
To reach the target of 80% of our young people reaching Level 2 qualifications at 16 requires all our schools to achieve between 65% and 95%. Simply outstanding outcomes require us to think differently and use every possible strategy and approach.
However we know we can do it and we know that the keys are:
- distributed leadership;
- clear, shared vision, values and beliefs;
- appropriate strategies and approaches to raise standards;
- high expectations;
- a coaching culture;
- strong relationships;
- inspiring teaching;
- individual tracking;
- focused interventions;
- high parental engagement.