Creating a Great Vision

Does your vision pass these 7 tests?

1.  Does it have a moral imperative? You work in a school.  Ok, that’s obvious.  But just by working in a school you must have a moral reason for doing what you do.  And I’ll wager it’s more than just to educate your children.  That’s a tool to achieve something else.  So what are you […]

A motto is not a vision

(But a lot of people don’t know the difference) We’ve all heard strappy, catchy mottos of a ‘vision’: Love learning throughout life Be the best Reach for the stars Every child matters Achieve your potential (this one always makes me giggle, because I wonder what do you do when you have achieved it?  I like […]

Is your vision vanilla?  A good vision is like marmite.

Generally speaking, vanilla is a flavour everyone likes – some people like it a lot – but you know what I mean when I say ‘vanilla’:  having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard. Everyone might like it a bit but it doesn’t excite people; fuchsia pink, pistachio ice cream, these get a reaction […]

Have you explained why you want your vision?

Often when I see a school vision, what stands out is that it doesn’t tell anyone why it is wanted, a bit like that picture it’s unclear.  I think we sometimes think people will just know, or that it’s not important, but it’s crucial! If you don’t tell people why, they will struggle to buy […]

A sentence is not a vision

So often I see visions which are a sentence and, whilst in many instances less is more, in this case I believe less really is less. You see a vision is exactly that; a vision, a picture, and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (not a sentence). I’m not saying your […]