In a SecEd article < http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/its-time-to-commit-to-a-whole-education> I put forward that the time is right for our education system to commit to the offer of an entitlement to a ‘whole education’.
Improving Maths and English and other exam results whilst important is not enough. We need to support the development of wider skills and attributes too if we are to really increase the life chances of all of our young people and truly narrow the gap.
This is linked to a deeper moral purpose too and why most join the teaching profession and become educators in the first place.
A commitment to a Whole Education often forms a key part the mission and aims of most schools. Most offer a whole education to some, however, those who need it most often get it least. Pupil Premium funding offers a significant opportunity and obligation to make real impact. Schools have the choice on deciding how best to use it. What better way than to target it on a real entitlement to a Whole Education?
Engaging with Whole Education and our Network can help you sustain your success as a schools and help you move from good to great and beyond, supported by colleagues who have travelled a similar journey. Further a whole education approach can help you break the tyranny of short termism, get off the hamster wheel and engage in school improvement that will make a real, sustainable and lasting difference.
It is also about playing a part in developing a generation of leaders at all levels who are values led, unleashing their creativity and trusting them to deliver.
The Whole Education Network is firmly focusing our collective energy on occupying these two spaces; combining a commitment to offer an education worth having which makes a real difference with an inspiring and energising approach to school improvement and peer led staff development.
The Network’s five key characteristics and areas of focus are:
- Moral commitment, values led and inspiration;
- The importance of Culture and Leadership at all levels and our collective role in Developing Professional Capital;
- More engaging curriculum and a focus on curriculum design;
- Focus on impact through undertaking developments that are evidence informed and impact focussed;
- Greater teamwork and collaboration.
These themes will come through strongly at the 5th Annual Conference taking place on the 18th and 19th November titled ‘An Education Worth Having’. Last year comments from attendees included “Thought provoking and stimulating”, “Emotionally uplifting”, and “inspiring to be with like-minds”.
As one first time attendee said ”Enjoyed the network and got a feel for the organisation – its people, ideas, which I admire and respect.”
The Conference is a catalyst for collaboration and sharing – it is what schools and members do afterwards in learning from and supporting each other (e.g. through peer review, or school learning visits) that makes it worthwhile.
The Network will link you with others, offer inspiring professional development and joint practice development opportunities to your staff that is impact focussed and informed by national and international best practice.
David Crossley – Executive Director, Whole Education
David Crossley is an independent education consultant and the author of Sustainable School Transformation: An inside out approach (Bloomsbury). His proven, yet innovative ideas derive from his own four Headships and work with many other outstanding school leaders. He is committed to ‘school-led system leadership’ and the ‘by schools for schools’ approach. He has led four very different schools.
He created the national RATL (Raising Achievement Transforming Learning) programme for the SSAT, which developed an innovative approach to raising achievement involving more than 700 schools between 2004 and 2008.