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!