"No problem Alex
I would suggest using some of the money to get a good project manager with a background in academies and new schools who can then 'run' things for you - otherwise you could be innundated with offers and not quite sure what…"
That sounds great, thanks for the offer. We've got a bit of a hiatus at the moment whilst people take summer holidays, so I will get back to you when I have the relevant people available,
Really happy to help out since I've extensive experience of establishing schools both as a Deputy Director of Education in local government and in terms of running a business supporting academies and building schools for the future.…"
"Thanks for the reference to Plowden. May I also recommend a timely re-read of SIr Ken Robinson's 'All Our Futures' from 1999, still immensely relevant. It called for more creativity in education, and was partly behind RSA Opening…"
"Hi - Eleanor I really like your paragraph on recruitment of HT and staff, and professional development. Absolutely critical.
I am constantly amazed when visiting Dutch schools at how wonderful their staff facilities are. UK schools are a little coy…"
I am a member of a network of educationalists and education project managers who have a lot of experience of delivering Academies, working with the appropriate agencies/ departments etc..managing the associated public /stakeholder…"
I would be delighted to help/advise, my experience is mostly in Secondary Education/post 16 but I have also done quite a bit of work around the transition period from Primary to Secondary etc.
Please do get in touch if a conversation is…"
"I have just spent a fascinating evening reading the Plowden report and associated analyses - thank you for the prompt!
It has helped me to piece together my scant knowledge of the great "cycle" of education that has passed through our…"
"Just to follow on from my previous comments - in nearly 40 years in education, inluding 7 as a (pre-ofsted) inspector, the reason why many of the primary schools I have known have been good is because of the Plowden report. It established what was…"
I thought I'd just update you on our application for Hackney.
In the spirit of 'augmenting the state sector', and taking on board the various concerns over Free Schools, we have contacted the LEA and other local schools, and…"
I'm very interested in your campaign, and in your experiences so far on getting going. I was really encouraged to see in your post that Camden are aware of the need, so that is a big step in the right direction, and supports your idea…"
"By "supporting the state sector" I am referring to my own ambition for a local school, which I hope to be available to all within the area where there is currently a lack of provision. I am concerned that any potential new school does not…"
Totally agree - it's very unclear whether/how the Free Schools process will support a new educational ethos.
This is the time to test and challenge the concept on many levels, push the boundaries and as you say, lobby for the…"
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