The team from Primrose TV were at the Extended Services Conference interviewing Lord Mawson, Christine Gilbert HMCI and others and they were fantastic! This is the picture they took of Christine Gilbert HMCI and I.
Social entrepreneurs seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are both visionaries and ultimate realists, concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.
Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly, understandable, ethical, and engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of local people that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other words, every leading social entrepreneur is a mass recruiter of local changemakers—a role model proving that citizens who channel their passion into action can do almost anything.
I think on that basis we are all social entrepreneurs!
We seem to spend so much of our time in meetings and I think the real challenge we face after a day together are to answer the following questions...
We talk a lot about radical options and about creative solutions and yet we constantly build the barricades to protect the status quo, protect our bit of estate … keep our sixth form, keep our students with us … convincing ourselves that they can’t travel, that they can’t connect, that they can’t manage on their own.
The real challenge is how do we ensure that we deliver brilliant learning outcomes … a step change on what we do now. And how do we ensure targeted support for those young people who need more pastoral care, more coaching and more support.
Who’s brave enough to develop a more human scale approach? Who’s brave enough to develop coaching strategies? Who’s brave enough to get out of their comfort zone and break the mould? Any offers?
I was reading the Times Educational Supplement over the weekend and there was an article on the '24 hour school'...
We need to re-engineer our provision to encourage and support young people. We do need to think differently about how we engage young people in learning; how we develop our young people as passionate and powerful learners; how we get young people to understand that the keys to success are attitude, discipline and hard work.
What else works?
"There once was a group of climbers who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high mountain. A big crowd had gathered around the mountain to see the race and cheer on the contestants...
The race began...Honestly, no-one in crowd really believed that the climbers would reach the top of the mountain. You heard statements such as:
"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
"They will NEVER make it to the top".
"Not a chance that they will succeed."
"The mountain is too high!"
The climbers began collapsing. One by one, except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher...
The crowd continued to yell
"It is too difficult!!!"
"No one will make it!"
More climbers got tired and gave up...But ONE continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn't give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the mountain. Except for the one who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
THEN all of the other climbers naturally wanted to know how this one had managed to do it? They asked how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal?
It turned out that the winner was deaf."
It's true you see, that with determination, self-belief and hard work you can achieve things that others believe to be impossible... and don't listen to the voices that say it's impossible.
I need your help here and would welcome feedback... is this the recipe for releasing a very special magic or have I missed something?