Stephen Mitchell

EdExec Live

I had the privilege this week of giving both a seminar and being a panel member at EdExec Live in Manchester.

Sector events such as this are great on three counts,- 1). Its great to meet up with colleagues, new and old, from across the country, 2) there are many great ideas coming out from the various seminars/workshops and 3) it’s nice to be able to give something back

I strongly believe that the route to continual improvement in the education sector is through our own self help. We are stronger together and working together on these kinds of events allows many people to share ideas and identify new ways of doing things.

I came away from the day with a huge sense of optimism about where we’re going as a sector. Sure there are plenty of challenges, but there are numerous people all pulling in the same direction. Together we have some real momentum.

I was delighted to hear that my seminar on Blue Ocean Leadership in MATs (copies will be uploaded here shortly) was well received and heard from a couple of people that it gave them immediate ideas on how they could do things differently in their Trusts and had already shared this with their own CEOs. It’s reassuring that I’m not completely mad, but also, it is the assertion I made earlier about self help made real