Thursday, 10 June 2010

I had breakfast early this morning with headteacher colleagues from the West Family of Schools at the Leeds West Academy...

These sessions are wonderful opportunities to share, network and learn with colleagues who are at the front line of children's services; at the front line of keeping children and young people happy, healthy and safe and ensuring that they are all increasingly successful. We talked about the 'perfect storm' we are facing with organisational change, political change, policy refocusing and change accompanied by 'savage' budget cuts. It was deeply reassuring that every headteacher reaffirmed their commitment to improving outcomes for children, to 'think family' and to supporting and developing their local community. There was also a strong feeling that together we are stronger and together we can be more effective whatever the storm brings and whatever the weather we have to face.

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