“St Paul’s recognises the individual abilities and needs of all its pupils providing them with quality education enabling them to realise their potential, to lead fulfilling lives and to play productive and positive roles in society as persons whose learning and development have been holistic.” (Burns 2001)
“St Paul’s is a creative community of learners where everyone can succeed and develop individual talents. A love of learning is our priority. We believe in developing confident, responsible citizens who will contribute to and lead society in the 21st century.” (Haggeston 1996)
Learning, as a central component of life, is recognised as the key to the future.
Schools must open up the school gates and welcome in the outside world. Schools in the 21st century will need to engage in systems thinking, to utilise technology in learning (especially the internet), to work co-operatively in teams, to take initiative and to acquire actively new skills.
The world is changing at an ever increasing space.
The role of the teacher is to learn how to teach pupils to learn. Schools as learning communities.
The voice of pupils must be listened to (Formative Assessment - self assessment by pupils).
“Pupil voice is the most powerful and creative agent for change.”
1. To develop each pupil’s competence in literacy, oracy, numeracy and I.C.T.
2. To develop each pupil’s personal qualities, knowledge and understanding in order to achieve individual abilities and self belief and self confidence.
3. To assist each pupil’s progression to employment through work based training or further and higher education.
4. To empower pupils to take advantage of changing employment opportunities in the new knowledge-based economy.
Leadership Roles in Schools today
1. Establish and communicate a vision/mission for the school.
2. Create through staff a defined ethos, climate, values.
3. Formulate strategic priorities.
4. Outline an implementation plan; monitor, review and evaluate regularly.
5. Create an environment that welcomes changes and seek opportunities for personal and organisational development.
“Leadership exists where people are no longer victims of circumstances but participate in creating new circumstances. Leadership is about creating new realities.”