Richard Gerver

If you are interested in changing the way we think about education, you need to take a look at what Richard Gerver says.

Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He argues however, that great leadership is about serving the needs of the people that work for you and rely upon you. The three core principles that underpin Gerver’s philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.

via Richard Gerver: About Me.

From his blog:

April 12


I have attended three very interesting events in the last few days, different kinds of event; one for school leaders, one for young people and one for senior business leaders and at all three the same message was screaming through the rhetoric. It is a message that I also heard underlined once again by one of Escuela’s other guest column writers, the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher. It was a simple message, a message that we must all work harder to enact; it was that…


At the first event, I was speaking to one of the few politicians in the UK that I have real respect and admiration for; Baroness Estelle Morris who was the UK’s Minister of Education in 2001/02 under Tony Blair’s premiership. She resigned her post as a matter of principle, because she felt that she was constrained by the system from actioning policy that would really impact on children. We were talking about the current education landscape in England; the low morale, uncertainty and drive towards a more traditional system. Her objective assessment was wholly accurate; educators and politicians have moved so far apart that constant conflict is sadly inevitable. In her view, one I share, the challenge is to build new bridges of trust and collaboration if we are really to design and implement a new paradigm in education that will meet the complex needs of the global environment and of the young people who will have to succeed in it. It is of course, a key feature of why Finland has enjoyed such phenomenal success in recent years and why Brazil is experiencing such a dramatic transformation in its educational development. What is clear is that the sentiment first echoed in African culture; “Ora na azu nwa”; “it takes a village to raise a child”, has never been more pertinent. We cannot allow the stand-off to continue and more importantly, we must push harder to build relationships across education, politics and business communities.

This brings me on to the second of my recent experiences. I was asked to open an event held on the site of the former Earth Centre; now a children’s activity centre, in South Yorkshire, by an organisation called Destination ImagiNation…..

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About CoffeeWithKath

Passionate about Technology in Education and how it can make a difference in the lives of students with Dyslexia. Founder of @ForDyslexia. Mom of twins. Juggling entrepreneurship and kids.

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