160510 WC - Schools for Human Flourishing – the whole child is the whole point


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Schools for Human Flourishing – the whole child is the whole point

Eminent voices in the world of education come together in a book entitled “Schools for Human Flourishing”, commissioned by Woodard Schools, to show how their approach to education can transform young lives for the better.

The book, “Schools for Human Flourishing”, is free to download by clicking the icon below.

humanflourishingSchool case studies demonstrate how maintaining academic standards whilst focussing on well-being, confidence and relationships creates an education for flourishing. Set against a background where evidence shows the young are increasingly stressed by modern life this book will be of interest to teachers, students and their parents.

Chris Wright, Director of Education at The Woodard Corporation, comments “As the Education Select Committee examines the purpose of education and asks, as do so many of us, what is the point of schooling and what are the essentials in education that will promote and prioritise human flourishing, this book sets out to reinforce the message that, as Peter Green and Rugby School put it: the whole child is the whole point”.

Bill Watkin, formerly Director at SSAT, the schools network, now Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, points to “the significance of this collection of essays and case studies at a time when there is a growing awareness of the importance of the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of young people in the face of more demanding and challenging expectations in curriculum, assessments and qualifications. As schools continue to strive for higher standards, this is a timely reminder of the breadth of experiences and outcomes that are important if young people are to flourish in their adult lives”.

Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, says, ‘The recent White Paper from the DfE has much to say about the role of leadership in education. This book is a testament to creative leadership and will, I hope, show that there is not a one size fits all solution. Offering an education for hope, wisdom, community and respect is common to all approaches and one from which life can be lived in all its fullness.’

Click on name to read the transcript of speeches made at the book launch on the 10 May 2016:  The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely; Peter Green, Head Master, Rugby School; Chris Wright, Director of Education, Woodard Schools

Establishing a New School and Getting It Right from the Start

Woodard Schools has joined forces with SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, to publish a new series of essays designed to help those considering starting a new school.

The book, Establishing a New School and Getting It Right from the Start, is free to download by clicking the icon below.


It brings together the insights, experiences and expertise of school leaders, operators and authorities from a wide range of contexts within the maintained and independent sectors. In doing so, it draws on the expertise both of established exceptional schools within Woodard, as well as some of the most successful new schools to open in the last five years.

Its purpose is to support and inform those with a role in establishing new schools: from governors, headteachers, CEOs of multi-academy trusts, leading academics, commercial experts, to policy advisers. The report contains a wealth of ideas, strategies and practices that will help them ‘get it right from the start’ in order to deliver the very best education for the pupils they will serve.