On Tuesday 22 November, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes joined head teachers, MP’s, policy makers and school leaders at a reception hosted by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) to celebrate the work of head teachers and launch Inspiring Greatness at The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster.
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education; Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards and Sir David Carter; National Schools Commissioner spoke during the evening as well as David Woods CBE, Chair of LLS; Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of LLS; Rachel Macfarlane, head teacher at Isaac Newton Academy and Programme Lead for LLS’s Going for Great Programme;
Anita Kerwin-Nye, LLS’s Managing Director said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the teachers in this room and the hands our children are in.”
London’s school results have improved dramatically in the last decade. Much of this is down to the extraordinary work of head teachers who consistently deliver great outcomes for the pupils in their own schools whilst also providing support to other schools through organisations such as LLS. In recognising London’s success, there is also a responsibility to share the capitals resources across the country and learn from colleagues in other regions.
As well as celebrating school leaders, the evening also saw the launch a new book entitled “Inspiring Greatness” - a collection of case studies from eight primary schools that showcases individual areas of excellence in schools. Each school featured was a participant of LLS’s 2015/16 Going for Great programme which has been created for schools that are Ofsted rated “Outstanding” to support them on their journey to becoming world class.
Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of the London Leadership Strategy, commented: “It is a great encouragement to see so many head teachers across London sharing in the London Leadership vision that all children and young people deserve the best possible education whatever the realities of race, poverty, special educational needs and other social barriers. We look forward to seeing the expansion of our evidence-based programmes in 2017 which will continue to boost education attainment across the capital.”
Mike Gapes said: “The London Leadership Strategy is a not-for-profit organisation that is run and led by serving head teachers from schools across London. The work of LLS is based on the fundamental belief that all children and young people deserve the best possible education whatever the realities of race, poverty and other social barriers. Created and delivered by leaders in education, London Leadership Strategy’s evidence-based programmes offer tailored support for schools at all stages of their development journey.”