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Stop dictating, start relating

To harness the full potential of connected communities, it’s necessary to reject labels and put yourself in the shoes of the people you serve, says Simon Feasey, former deputy headteacher of a Tes primary of the year

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When asked to present on the work my school had done around community cohesion at the Achievement for All regional conference at Grinkle Park in North Yorkshire, I was delighted. Accompanied by my co-presenters Richard (father of six children at our school) and Michelle (mother of three of our pupils), I took my seat to listen to the opening address, delivered by the director of education for Redcar and Cleveland.

He talked through a series of slides containing statistics relating to our local area; a sort of “state of the borough” address, featuring life-expectancy indicators, crime figures, ...

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