Monday, 20 October 2008

What a week!

A week when we heard that our GCSE results are rapidly improving across every indicator, NEET figures are falling and the Oakwood PRU is outstanding. We are closing the gap, making a real difference and maintaining the relentless pressure on standards and outcomes for all our children and young people.

I attended some great events: Mike O'Brien's 'Great Leadership, Great Culture, Great Performance' session at The Manchester College; the Leeds Enterprise Exchange at the Village Hotel; the Leeds Strategic Plan Strategy Group at the Leeds City Museum; the launch of the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Strategy at the Cardigan Centre; and a Community Investment event at Premier Farnell in West Leeds.

I also attended some great sessions: another induction event at the Derek Fatchett Centre; the New Headteachers Conference at Oulton Hall; and a joint session with senior leaders and governors from Boston Spa and Wetherby High Schools.

I managed to visit some great schools: Asquith Primary School for it's 6th birthday celebrations; Ryecroft Primary School for the launch of our School Packed Lunch Policy Guidance; Hunslet Moor Primary School for their East-Meets-West Charity Dinner; Grimes Dyke Primary School; and Harehills Primary School.

Great events, great meetings and great schools marked an incredible week brought alive by great colleagues like Mike O'Brien, Gill Austerfield, Mike Cooper, Margaret Broughton, Jan Toothill, Diana Mann, Elaine Bown, Narinder Gill, Barry Whitney, Wendy Winterburn and many, many more all releasing an incredible magic and building brilliant provision for our children and young people... and achieving brilliant results whatever it takes.

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