“If employees have a clear and compelling ‘why’, the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ will look after themselves” (Cope and Whittaker, Be Brilliant Every Day).
Since I read this I have spent a lot of time thinking about the ‘why’ for our school. Last year we wrote down ‘Our Vision for Every Child’:
‘Our Vision for Every Child’ is the ‘why’ for our school. We felt that it describes the way our school is.
This what some of the ‘how’ looks like:
We invest in Year Team Planning Days every half term because we want the curriculum to be inspiring and personalised to our schools. We encourage teachers to reflect on what has worked well and what the children have enjoyed most over the previous half term before thinking about what next. We ask them to think of a ‘hook’ to start the new topic, a visit or visitor to enhance learning, and a final outcome that will involve parents. The content of the curriculum is laid out in the long term plan, but other than that it’s up to the teachers to decide. We all want teaching to be inspiring and this will only happen if we give people time to make it so.
We help the children to discover their unique talents and interests by laying on as wide a variety of after school activities as we can. Every child is involved in a school Production every year where they can showcase their individual talents. Our sports teams are brilliant, and as many children as want to get the chance to represent the school – and we encourage them to want to.
If we are all passionate about learning we are not afraid to change what we do, even things that we hold dear or have been doing the same for a long time. New ideas come from all directions, and we can choose the best ones and the ones that suit our children.
I am inspired daily by the attitudes and actions of the wonderful people that work in our school. They do all it takes for every child and their family, even when this becomes really difficult. They try, try and try again. I am also inspired by the way in which adults talk to and about children, showing how much they care.
“If employees have a clear and compelling ‘why’, the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ will look after themselves”
Hopefully ‘Our Vision For Every Child’ provides that compelling why.