Monday, 19 January 2009
"Mankind owes to children the best it has to give.
Their life is fragile
If they are to have a tomorrow
Their needs must be met today.
Many things can wait but not the children."
I started the day with Chris Halsall and her team talking about the brilliant work that is going on in primary schools across Leeds and the need to maintain the real emphasis on excellence in terms of leadership, early years provision, the curriculum offer, the rigorous and relentless focus on the basics, standards and outcomes and deep connected work with families and communities as partners in learning. It was a really stimulating and engaging sesssion with a group of colleagues who are making a real difference acrioss Leeds.