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Acknowledgements Foreword by Ross Morrison McGill Introduction 1. Peace! 2. It takes a village 3. Beyond the walls 4. Efficiency is not enough 5. Skills and knowledge 6. Optimism 7. Love matters 8. The chalkface 9. Leadership 10. Legacy Bibliography Index

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This ground-breaking book is both a manifesto and a call to arms to inspire all those involved in education to consider new visions and values for the future of the school system. Renowned educationalist, speaker and author Richard Gerver offers an empowering vision for how education, both in the UK and internationally, can be transformed and made fit for purpose in the 21st century and beyond.

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Richard Gerver is a world-renowned speaker on education, leadership and change. He worked in education for 20 years and was the award-winning headteacher of Grange Primary School. Richard is now an international speaker who works regularly with schools and global businesses, including Google, Visa, Microsoft, and elite and professional sporting organisations. He is the bestselling author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today and is a regular media commentator. Follow Richard on Twitter: @richardgerver.


In this powerful book Gerver calls for a collaborative vision for education that will prepare society to 'thrive in uncertainty'. He shares sharp insight achieved through school leadership uniquely combined with global experience of working with eminent leaders throughout industry. A great read. * Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching *
Richard Gerver's book gives a personal yet authoritative account of the current state of UK education, and also provides a refreshingly optimistic perspective on where we might go next. * Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders, @RealGeoffBarton *
In this refreshing, honest and deeply personal book, Richard Gerver builds on all his international experience to set out a manifesto for change in education, with collaboration, openness and optimism at its core. * Steve Munby, Visiting Professor at UCL London Institute of Education *
Intelligent, passionate, honest and at times contentious, Richard Gerver does not simply present a manifesto for education. He gives us joined-up thinking about how education, business and society can work and succeed together. * Steve Wheeler, Author and Speaker, @SteveWheeler *
Richard Gerver not only writes about optimism, he exemplifies it and we desperately need that now. It is an optimism founded in his wide and unique experience and definitely worth sharing. Read this book! * David Cameron, Education Consultant, @realdcameron *
This is unpicking Richard's 25 years in education, but also the last 10 years on top of his work in schools, on his travel around the world. I found this book a very fascinating insight... Richard influenced my work as a deputy head five or six years ago... He's written quite a few books now. Two of them definitely changed the way I thought about school life, teacher workload, mental health, and what influence we can have on the system, how we can change the narrative. * Ross Morrison McGill, @TeacherToolkit *
This book is not a manifesto where teachers get beaten with negative, bureaucratic or performance threats, but it is a manifesto of optimism, fellowship and common sense. If you are working within education and feel beaten by the system you are working in, then explore this book to help re-ignite the passion, belief and hopes that you undoubtedly had during your induction years. * UKEdChat *
Instead of the book being the gun-slinging shootout with the system and rival ideologies I imagined, I was instead taken on an immersive and surprising journey. It was a journey that meandered through the author's years of observing and connecting with a wide range of people, experiences and insights. A bare-foot journey, which felt reflective, authentic and, as the title suggests, potentially leading to change. * Mike Fairclough, TES *

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