Wednesday, 20 October 2010


David Dickinson and I started the day really early having breakfast at Roundhay School with a group of headteacher colleagues from the Meanwood and Moortown Family of Schools and the North East Leeds Schools Learning Partnership...

These are some amazing group of colleagues and we talked about the future children's services arrangements, increasing numbers, special needs and behaviour provision, extended services, and how schools could maintain their focus on standards with the budget challenges we are facing.
 We all agreed about the importance of developing confident, self-critical and reflective schools at the heart of our Children's Services arrangements. We all understand that we need to focus on meeting the needs of every child, working closely with colleagues from Social Care, Health and the voluntary sector to support families and build healthier and more sustainable communities through our community hubs; the primary schools. We talked about the challenges we all face but what was deeply encouraging was that, alongside their passionate commitment to their children, there was a total focus on ensuring that as early as possible children became literate, numerate and had the necessary social and emotional skills to succeed.

We talked about the challenges that lie ahead and the need to be more creative and more collaborative and to stop doing things that made no difference to children and families and focus on those we know do. Everyone understaood the need to 'Think Team' and work together; talking, sharing, networking and learning together. 

It was a brilliant start to the day with some great colleagues and we need to do more of this.

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