Ambition School Leadership’s first regional launch – Birmingham

Jan. 11, 2017

Ambition School Leadership kicked off a series of regional events on 10 January 2017 to follow the public launch in November 2016 and introduce the new organisation’s mission, strategic commitments and programmes to our nationwide network.

Clifton Primary School in Birmingham hosted the first event, which brought together programme participants and alumni from the West Midlands, headteachers and system leaders of our partner schools and regional influencers in the education sector.

In light of the November 2016 State of the Nation report from the Social Mobility Commission, and the current government’s prioritisation of social mobility and improving education outcomes in disadvantaged areas, the event focused on ‘Social mobility in the West Midlands: What will it take and what’s the role of education?’.

James Toop, CEO of Ambition School Leadership, and Brian Sims, Director of Education at Ark, spoke at the event and Christine Mitchell, headteacher at Clifton Primary School, provided an insight into the different challenges facing schools in an area with a high level of deprivation, and the need for diverse solutions.

Delegates debated the role and capacity of school leaders to improve outcomes for pupils and Brian Sims highlighted the importance of leadership: “While the classroom teacher is most important person in students’ education, there is a direct and powerful correlation between great schools and great leaders”.

Finding the time to do the thinking required to drive school improvements and make the biggest impact was a theme consistently raised by school leader delegates. Another – what makes exceptional schools exceptional? – initiated an insightful discussion from the keynote speakers and delegates.

Effective coaching, laying a foundation of high expectations, aiming for more than exam success and focusing in on the most important issues with world-class precision were agreed upon as some of the key solutions to the themes discussed.

James Toop concluded the event and outlined Ambition School Leadership’s commitment to working closely with the school leaders in our regional networks to inform the strategic aims of the new organisation.

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