Friday, 13 November 2009

I started the day early at the 'Learning Landscapes' School Improvement Conference at Elland Road and it was wonderful to spend some time with around 300 colleagues whose passion, energy, commitment, determination and hard work has transformed, and is transforming, outcomes in so many areas...

We were entertained by children from Little London Community Primary School and Uni4m a talented group of young people from Carr Manor High School. We also had young people from Boston Spa School who listened and commented from a student perspective.

I talked to colleagues about our ambition for children and young people here in Leeds and about the the keys to brilliant outcomes for our children, their families and communities. I was followed by Sue Hackman, Chief Adviser on School Standards at the DCSF, who talked about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead about standards, excellent teaching and learning and the developing roles for local authorities and schools in a 21st century world. After coffee, Hilary Emery, Executive Director for Development and Improvement at the TDA, talked to colleagues about workforce reform, teamwork and partnership working before Dirk Gilleard talked about personalisation Evolve and butterflies.

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