Thursday, 25 March 2010


I finished the day with a group of colleagues at our first staff briefing session at Merrion House...

I wanted to discuss with interested colleagues the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as we all work to build better children's services here in Leeds. I wanted colleagues to understand why the review was necessary, the big challenges we still face, the opportunities to work in a more joined up and integrated way and most importantly to recognise and celebrate what we have achieved together over the last nine years; the outstanding initiatives, the extraordinary buildings and the outcomes we have achieved... all of which have been recognised by awards, feedback and celebrations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

We have achieved something quite remarkable because of the culture we have created, because of the leadership we all provide and because of these talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful colleagues who make Education Leeds such a special organisation to work in. As a colleague said this evening we must all constantly celebrate our achievements, challenge the critics, the moaners and the negative and destructive voices and most importantly we must look after each other through this period of uncertainty and change and THINK TEAM!

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