Working with a new team recently, I have been really impressed with just how much time and effort has gone into building up a variety of individuals and companies into a fully cohesive integrated team to work on a new *BSF project. Considerable time has gone into ensuring everyone is getting to know each other, and their role well within the group. The entire team has been valued, received the same briefing and been part of the discussions on approaches to the project to meet the client brief (and, of course to be successful). There is, already, a really good spirit and commitment. This is, of course, exactly how it should be.
Depressingly however, it is amazing just how many education projects I get involved with where whilst Headteachers and frequently some students get involved, all too often the staff who will actually work in new buildings, and in new ways, are the last to be involved in any project.
Staff engagement in the entire process is just so important – they are the people that will make new facilities work. They are the people who need to understand, know and practice new approaches to learning before new learning environments are built. They are the ones who really need to understand the process and the opportunities that will be created.
If everyone manages to get the team approach spirit and understanding right, then the process would always be positive, challenging and achieve the best results for the learners. Isn't that how it should be?
(* BSF - Building Schools of the Future, the UK’s massive school building programme)