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.

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