Monday, 29 March 2010


On Friday, I started the day with a group of colleagues at our second staff briefing session at the West Park Centre...

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.

It was great to meet with colleagues from Artforms, the Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service and the Attendance Team as well as some colleagues who had mangaed to pop in to the session. 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.

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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