The Grand Union Partnership wants those willing to dare, and those daring enough to do. Education is an exciting adventure, but is also a challenge. Every great success has been achieved by those who are willing to dare, and every school has set backs.
Learning within our MAT requires ambition, integrity, audacity, and the will to succeed.
It requires a drive to be different. It is escaping from old ideas and patterns and breaking the barriers of accepted ways of doing things. A systematic pursuit to plunge, to speculate, to inquire, to imagine, to doubt and to explore.
It requires a healthy impatience, unencumbered by standard procedures and undissipated by the bonds of custom and restraint. Eccentric experimentation and radical departure are the rule. The one who learns is willing to forge the unknown and place new ideas in confrontation with the old. It is an adventurous journey. It takes a spirit which welcomes nonconformity, filled with zeal, an exuberance, and an ardour for the unexplored. The travel is worthy of the effort.
Failure is not final or fatal when learning, but not to make the attempt is the greatest failure. The one who is unafraid of making mistakes, willing to take the calculated risk and act on the belief in his or her own ideas will make the biggest impact on children.
The Grand Union Partnership will need fortitude, and the resolution of disciplined enthusiasm. It develops from within and is rooted in a strong mental and moral fibre. Its partnerships will toughen the spirit . It requires the strength to endure the burden and rigours of the unknown and the heart to expand new horizons and extend new frontiers.
The Grand Union Partnership requires an abhorrence for everything that is dull, motionless and un-risking. There must be no tolerance of a curriculum that is rigid or the fear of attempting the bold and the new. Schools that throw themselves into the partnership, take the unconventional position, and give their heart and spirit to the journey, the surprise, the fear, and the exhilaration of unexplored learning.
Children will always come first.