Community engagement changes schools for the better. Schools can help to change communities for the better. Schools and communities working together can radically transform the futures of young people.
We believe, with the support of a growing body of evidence, that these insights now hold the key to effecting long-
Education reform is properly concerned with in part our nation’s place in international comparisons. The present focus on high quality teaching in classrooms is necessary but it is not sufficient to create the enterprising workers and active citizens of the future. Concentration on academic standards is also necessary, but it is not sufficient to create the lifelong learners, who have the imagination and passion, as well as intellect, which our society needs to hold its head high in the global economy of the future.
In addition, poor educational performance seems to us to be a reflection of deep-
As our school system goes through rapid, fundamental and irreversible change, it is crucial that the insights we have gained over many years into the interdependence of school and community are not lost. But equally the values and principles that underpin those insights need to be understood and applied afresh in the very different world of the present and future.
What We Believe