Contrary to the recent assertions (sound bites) from Tristram Hunt and Michael Gove, contributors to LSN already recognise that schools have always - wittingly or unwittingly - imparted resilience, courage and determination to pupils.
It was then a wonderful breath of fresh air to listen to Heather Hanbury, Head Teacher at Wimbledon High School, speaking about teaching failure on Radio 4
Please note Mr Hunt it is not necessary to teach character, courage, determination or resilience in our schools. Rather it is far more effective to interweave these traits into the expectation culture of our schools and encourage children to grow into this mindset. After all, isn't there an example embedded in British history from Robert the Bruce, 1314, 'If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again'
It was refreshing to hear Ms Hanbury make explicit the link between understanding and working with failure and skills attitude employers value and seek.