In these times when it can sometimes seem as if the only things that are valued are those that can be measured, it is worth pausing for a moment to consider the things that are truly important for the development of well-rounded human beings.

 Following on from our Continuing Partnership Conference in October and Andy Cope’s session on the Art of being Brilliant we know there is an interest currently in why some societies are happier than others. Countries are taking steps to measure their success as a society – not only how much the economy grows, but also from how much their lives are improved, not just by the standard of living but the quality of life. This is a shift away from the GDP being the dominant indicator for progress and success. Is this new? Even back in 1968, Robert Kennedy said:

 

“…the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials…it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile”

 

Surely there are links here to only measuring the success of a school on the numbers. What allows the school to achieve the hard measures is everything that is planned and organised that sits underneath. The things that mean that everyone in the school community feels valued and secure – happy? If we neglect this then getting the numbers is far more difficult.