What really sets a school apart?
Although this is another in a very infrequent series of posts based on lists, it highlights the simple message at the heart of a successful school. Colin Harris, writing the TES last November, recognises that it is love – for and of school – that lies at the heart of a successful school.
Paraphrasing Mr Harris, below is a distillation of the seven things that he feels make a good school and underpin the sense of love that pervades successful schools.
- Positive relationships throughout the whole community – teacher-pupil, pupil-pupil, teacher-parent, etc.
- Key values can be seen all around
- High expectations are pervasive, from the quality of the building to the quality of work being presented
- Teachers are dedicated to those in their care
- Behaviour is excellent, because the structures are understood by everyone.
- Staff are allowed to take risks to get the best from the pupils
- Strong leadership is present – in the literal sense as well as the figurative