ELC Collective Listening Month

ELC- Collective Listening Month Launch

This Friday, the 12th June 2020, marks the Launch of our “Collective Listening Month”

We are almost three whole months into a situation that few of us had considered in our worst nightmares. The impact on a Society is profound and the scars that have accumulated in this time may well take years to show and to heal.

In the New Broom, we looked at the impact and effects of the COVID pandemic and the moral imperative it puts on us all as Public Servants, as well as citizens, to ensure that what we return to is better than what we left.

To begin this process, we first have to unpack the first of the Five Commitments outlined in the New Broom (https://headteachersroundtable.wordpress.com/2020/05/03/a-new-broom/) and look to what the Vision underpinning the Sector is. Here is what was included:

  1. Vision

Education is a fundamental right and as such must sit outside of Politics and of short-term decision making that leads to a lack of clarity and consistency.

Education must become apolitical and a long-term strategic plan developed, through System Leaders, to provide a clear and transparent roadmap for all.

The basis of this position is that Education is an Entitlement

The Covid 19 Pandemic has shone a spotlight on the inequalities that exist within British Society and are most evident in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. We believe that significant aspects of this inequality are based on choices rather than inevitabilities. The response of Leadership colleagues across the system- and across different settings- has been powerful. Many of you wrote eloquently as to why you were registering and the words that repeated and resonated was “change”, “collaboration” and “being heard.”

 As a sector, we must believe that prevention is better than cure.

To ensure that Education is based on a holistic sense of the services that children are entitled to, we must reconsider the true purpose of Education; the reason for entitlement. These are:

  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Empowerment
  • Experience

Having received some excellent feedback, this first point is now already problematic. The intent remains the same but here is where the semantics of language become really rather important to ensure we are crystal clear in what we mean. Education will always be political. Deciding what is the knowledge to pass on, how this should be done and the wide ranging debates around pedagogy and practise are clear indicators that Education is always political. However, the sector has been used like a football between competing ideologies and thus the provision of Education must be depoliticised rather than be apolitical.

What does this mean in practise? It means developing a consistent ten year plan for education that is built on consensus and gives certainty and consistency to all we do. The vision must be based on an inclusive vision for the whole community that centralises educational entitlement around the heart, head and hand. A vision of balance to unlock potential for all and reveal the champion within each of our children. Every child is gifted and talented and the role of education is to reveal, encourage and empower those gifts.

The second point of feedback relates to System Leaders. Quite rightly, some looked to the fact that this term is most identified with Academy CEOs rather than for Educational leaders in all settings and once again we need to moderate and be accurate in language to ensure that everyone can see their role within this vision.

This vision is thus rooted in an ethos that believes Education is a Collective Endeavour. The shared purpose of being an Educator is due to a commitment and belief in:

  • Community
  • Collaboration
  • Consideration
  • Cooperation

These principles are promoted because they help to channel and refine individual and collective vocation within a positive framework with which to engage. This means that a competitive and divisive approach to Education is rejected.

This vision is then further underpinned by co-operative values of democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. All voices will be heard, and through shared Sector core values, all messages will be supported by the collective. 

The first sweep is therefore to tidy up our own views on the five commitments. As ever, nothing is cast in stone, and even if it were, stone can be broken. 

  1. Vision

Education is a fundamental right and as such must sit outside of party Politics and short-term decision making that leads to a lack of clarity and consistency.

Education must become depoliticised in order that a long-term strategic plan is developed, through Educational Leaders across all settings, to provide a clear and transparent roadmap for all.

Our time is now.

Our program draws from a diverse and varied range of Professionals, from within Education and from those in sectors and services supporting our work to put Community at the heart of our provision

As we listen to each other we will build our Collective Learning; taking the opportunity to codify and coalesce each strand into a “Collective Voice” Strategy Document to be shared across the system and with other key stakeholders

#ELCChat

The #ELCChat launches at 7.30 on Monday 12th June and is repeated for the next 4 weeks

It will be for 30 Minutes with approximately 10 minutes devoted to each of the key questions. Colleagues respond to the questions posed from the @EdLeadCollecti1 account and use the #ELCChat Hashtag.

Each week we will be inviting a Guest Host to lead and moderate the discussions.

At the end of each chat, a summary of the responses for each question are then prepared and added to the “Collective Learning” by the Host

Uniting Voices

The Blog Series, linked on the WordPress site (citation) will continue to ask for responses and reflections on our “Collective Thinking” and our “Collective Strategy”

As we find our voice together, it must begin with listening.  There are many differences between us- in terms of those we serve, the settings we lead in, the views we have; but what is even clearer is the need to find consensus, shared positons and a Professional voice that means we can take a genuine lead with, and for, the Communities we serve

Seminar Series

A ticketed event where three Guest hosts will be asked to present their views on the three Key Lines of enquiry as part of our “Collective Thinking”

Drawn from a wide range of sectors, backgrounds, experience, this series aims to provide an Open Space for Colleagues to listen to, support and challenge positions to find and build a consensus to these questions.

Limited ticketing for each event.

Roundtable Series

A ticketed event where Guest hosts will focus on 5 Key areas affecting the education landscape. 

Drawn from a wide range of sectors, backgrounds, experience, this series aims to provide an Open Space for Colleagues to listen to, support and challenge positions to find and build a consensus to these questions.

Limited ticketing for each event.

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