What We Believe

We aim to foster and support a vibrant international cross-phase network of schools and school leaders who want to become more future-facing and future- building and commit to share their journey towards that goal. We believe this is vital for the future our young people and the planet.

This vision of a future-facing school is underpinned by our four-quadrant framework for school purpose, quality and outcomes.

The Schools of Tomorrow Four Quadrant Framework

Developed by school leaders and students together in 2013, tested in practice, informed by evidence and research, the four quadrant framework was most recently updated updated in 2023. The updated version reflects our broader future-facing ambition.

We believe there are four fundamentals of equal importance in becoming a future-facing school of tomorrow of the highest quality.

These are schools which both secure high levels of achievement for all, think carefully about the future for young people, and lie at the hearts of their communities. Shaping a better future. Together.

Highest levels of achievement

All learners make the highest levels of progress in relation to their own starting points, including towards agreed national standards.


Highest levels of well-being

The ethos of the school secures for all the highest possible levels of health and happiness and of their physical, social, emotional, cultural, moral and spiritual welfare and development.


Highly effective preparation for the future

All learners achieve increased responsibility and leadership for the conduct of their lives and learning, supporting their broader development as resilient, creative individuals, active citizens and enterprising workers in the society within which they live.


Highly effective family and community engagement

The school makes highly effective contributions to increased social capital, with the school and its communities becoming mutual providers of resources, expertise, employment and learning experiences, each to the other, it is a learning community with effective local, national and international networking at all levels.


Using the framework in practice

Read an account of how school leaders are using the framework to support their school development planning.

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