Schools need to identify a child’s passion and use this to stimulate their desire to learn.
I absolutely believe that this is the only way forward for our schools and for our young people but I also absolutely believe that this is not what drives the agenda for senior leaders in most schools: from recruitment of staff, approaches to assessment of teaching and learning or the understanding of the wider educational outcomes which prepare our children to function successfully as adults.
Finding what drives a child is what will help that child to engage in and take ownership of his or her own learning and development.
This can never be underestimated.
Round pegs in square holes become broken and forced conformity creates untold unnecessary problems; disengagement, disenfranchisement and (unsurprisingly) disruptive behaviours and this damages the child way beyond the school years into adulthood.
We have a duty to lead out what is within each child, to nurture and nourish them so that they may grow into the most majestic version of themselves; not cut them off at the roots so that they fail to fulfil their potential.
But what do I know?