I’ve been approached by quite a few people over the last couple of weeks about our ideas relating to Community Ownership of Schools.
I thought it might help to gather together in one place a number of related posts which provide an insight into the evolution of this idea and the underpinning rationale.
The first point to emphasise is that we are encouraged by our elected members to “think out of the box” in relation to policy development in East Lothian. The following links track the development of an idea which is not yet fully formed nor planned to Nth degree. In that respect I have been adopting the role of the leader as a sculptor:
“The alternative to the technically focused leader’s vision is to see vision as an outcome which is not ‘set’ from the beginning. Instead the sculptor has an idea; a notion; a picture in mind – e.g. to create a sculpture of a human form – but as the sculptor commences work the final outcome may be very different from what they had in mind at the beginning but is all the more successful for that variation.
What the sculptor is doing is to constantly check on the quality of the developing work. By checking it against a desire to produce the “best” work possible the sculptor shifts the vision rather than carrying on working towards something that will not be as high a quality as what will be created through a more flexible approach towards the final outcome.”
Please note that the first of these posts dates to August 2006, i.e. long before our current financial status.