Thursday, 2 September 2010

"There is more in us than we know.
If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives,
we will be unwilling to settle for less."
Kurt Hain (founder, Outward Bound)
I am reviewing our year for the Education Leeds Board meeting next week and at the end of nine great years this will be my last review as Education Leeds is consigned to history. We have had another really great year and I'll share the review once it's finished. In Education Leeds, we have created a unique, award-winning organisation and together with colleagues in schools we have created an educational landscape which has achieved great things and every internal, external and impartial assessment and inspection carried out recently, including the latest OFSTED Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked-after Children, has recognised our success, the relationships we have built and the outcomes we have achieved for children and young people.

Over the last ten years we have achieved so much; we have transformed the learning landscape and the learning environment here in Leeds and achieved some incredible outcomes for our children and young people and their families and communities. Together, we have released the talent, magic and potential in so many of our children and young people, in our colleagues and in our schools… but we can never be complacent because, as always, there is much more to do!

We must work even closer together because we now face a powerful combination of elements that will change the shape of everything we do whether we like it or not. We have a new chief executive of the council, a new director of children’s services and the new children’s services directorate based approach to children’s services which will replace Education Leeds in April 2011. The new arrangements must build on the best of what we have created over the last ten years and our collective challenge now is to continue the work we have been doing to ensure that every child in Leeds is happier, healthier, safer, even more successful and free from the effects of poverty… whatever it takes!

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