Initiative is out, the Hutt effect is in

10th August 2007 at 01:00
(Photograph) - After months of uncertainty, a clearer picture of the future direction of education in Wales is beginning to emerge under Jane Hutt's leadership.

Under the new portfolio, Ms Hutt wants to promote the image of the "whole child" whose needs are being met inside and outside school. From government through to local authority level, collective thinking and policy-making will be central to her vision.

Ms Hutt wants education to be less target-driven and more focused on outcomes. She wants to break free of the word "initiative" and move towards the ideal of an education programme for children in Wales from early years through to adulthood.

The new buzzwords for heads and teachers will be "school effectiveness", something Ms Hutt described as "getting the best out of teaching staff and a school's budget".

A meeting with local authority representatives and school leaders has already taken place to discuss how best to put into practice the new school effectiveness agenda in the autumn term.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today