No school is an island

Great schools do not exist in isolation – they reach out beyond the school gates into the community, they build networks to support their students’ future careers and they are constantly listening to and sharing new ideas, writes Alastair Falk

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Mention the word “porous” to contemporary politicians and the chances are they will tell you it is very important that our borders are anything but. They may not go so far as to suggest building walls, but the current rhetoric is certainly more about keeping out than letting in. Ask heads whether they would like a porous school and, again, the first reaction will probably be about child protection or the need to keep out surrounding bad influences and pressures.

There is much to be said for schools being safe havens, where the school gates protect the young and vulnerable from the turbulent ...

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