Last week I had the pleasure of attending the National Education Network conference, hosted by Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning. Apart from being startlingly well organised (well done Phil and Kelly – Ian Macmillan was brilliant), it also brought home to me what results can be achieved by well-organised and focused effort.
Back in the dim and distant past I was involved in a very small capacity with the setting up of the RBC’s (Regional Broadband Consortiums), the precursor to the Grids. The premise was simple:, provide connectivity and services to schools. And guess what? They did it. And not only did they do it, but they are still doing it. Quietly and without fuss, schools in places most of us only hear about on regional news when on holiday now have internet connections.
In my experience, many of the programmes that have been initiated as pan-Government suffer from the dreaded feature-creep, taking on additional bits and pieces and consulting for opinion until the whole thing grinds to a halt. We can all list them.
It strikes me that many of us could take a leaf out of the Grid’s book: simple terms of reference, focus on the task, deliver.