Since May we have been working closely with an organisation called Whole Education. It was the brainchild of John Dunford who used to be the General Secretary of the Secondary Heads Association. John was very much aware of the pressures schools are under to improve achievement at all Key Stages and was anxious that important aspects of a good education could be lost. He decided to set up Whole Education with a view to encouraging like minded schools, heads and teachers to look beyond the headline examination figures and think about the skills and experiences that youing people really need to excel in the world.
At Rushcliffe Whole Education means providing a high quality range of experiences in the Arts, the Technologies and in Sport. It means encouraging visits and outside visitors. It means giving everyone the chance to become the person they have the talent to be. At Rushcliffe- and at other schools with a commitment to Whole Education- there is a belief that the rounded experience will lead to greater confidence and more examination success.
I am typing this during the interval between the Year 8 Achievement evening presentations. I have just witnessed a fine group of young people being rewarded for their positive approach to school and in 15 minutes I know I will be in the presence of another exceptional group all with different personanlities and all with different talents. The challenge for us is to ensure that they all have opportunities to use their talents to the full. Or put another way, " the chance to shine brightly ".
I'd better get back to the hall.