The new emphasis on describing the intent of a school's wider curriculum offer is good news for Ruby's 7Cs
At the end of the book Guy and Bill wrote:
At the moment, the best chance of getting educational movement in the right direction is for all of us to get off our backsides, stirring up our friends and relations, asking awkward questions of our MPs, signing online petitions, fighting for places on the governing bodies of our local schools, and all the rest of it.
It’s not about party politics; it’s about how to get people in power to do the right thing. It’s about being able to speak confidently about our dissatisfactions: the amount of time-wasting and real damage that too many schools still inflict on bright young minds. It’s about being able to talk passionately about the need, and the practicality, of focusing more intently and explicitly on the development of character strengths. It’s about sharing as widely and loudly as we can the stories of deep success that we come across.
If we can do that, policies will begin to change, the political wind will begin to fill the sails of change, and teachers will feel support for finally being able to teach in the way that made them want to do the job in the first place. They will be truly able - as our friend Art Costa has put it – to prepare young people not just for a life of tests, but for the tests of life.
And now we can add that ther winds of change have indeed blown through Ofsted's halls and out the other side into the real world of schools who want to get great results the right way by ensuring that all children develop Ruby's 7Cs as a well as a deep love of knowledge and of learning.