Schools in Wales come together to showcase impact at OLEVI’S first Welsh conference for senior leaders.
Following a very successful visit in the summer term to our OLEVI schools in Wales – Merthyr College, Trinity St David, Cardiff High School, Tredegar Comprehensive School, Treorchy Comprehensive School, Cwmtawe Community School and the South Wales Consortium – it was decided to facilitate our first OLEVI Welsh conference.
The conference, held at The Parkway, Cwmbran in October, gave an opportunity for the head teachers and senior representatives from each establishment to come together to share and celebrate their school’s improvement journeys, the impact OLEVI has had on their school, and to debate and set challenges to ensure a continued drive forward.
Richard Lockyer, CEO of OLEVI, began the day by introducing his model, the ‘Three Ps: People, Progress and Pride‘. The delegates were asked to consider whether we had the right people in the room, is what we are doing is having an impact and finally, are we proud of what we are doing?
Indeed, we were looking for and found leaders in the room who fully understood and engaged with OLEVI’s vision, were embedding it throughout their school, and shared this with the other schools. With great pride there was a mutual understanding that they wanted their schools to be accredited as Designated OLEVI Centres.
Eddie Hannifan, OLEVI’s Director of Education, went on to challenge delegates’ thinking on how we are working with others to create aspirational thinking in our schools.
And, our Designated OLEVI team for Wales, Ros Bartlett and Nikki Meredith, encouraged delegates to drill down on what it means to be a ‘Centre of Excellence’, exploring how they, as schools and school leaders, develop moral knowledge, and social and organisational capital within their schools.
This set the tone for the outstanding presentations where the language of excellence was role modelled throughout. It was clear from all the presentations that each establishment is concerned with the impact they are having on their own learning communities and beyond. The schools see OLEVI as the catalyst for the change going on in their school and in their region, driving up standards in teaching and learning, and leadership. Questions posed included: How can we outperform our expectations?
Throughout the course of the day, and from the individual presentations, it became very clear that we did have the right people in the room, who together can make a difference to the young people and colleagues they work with on a daily basis.
The conference proved that the educational establishments have a professional learning community which continually strives to improve learning outcomes for all. We are proud to be part of what is happening in Wales. The challenge, with OLEVI’s support, is to maintain the excellent standards already set and work together on a strategic journey in developing a world-class system across the principality and beyond.