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Writing a Mission Statement

Have you written a mission statement for you class? Samantha tackles this for her new class this term. 

Within two weeks of having a form class I now know all of their names, and which ones need to sit alone.

It’s a strange endeavour to be a leader for what is a brood of thirty eleven year olds of whom you have not previously known but are now expected to understand and guide. I have found a natural mothering approach of which I want them all to be happy and safe and of course the best form in the school!

I have started them writing mission statements this week, first for their time in year seven and secondly for their time in secondary school overall. The results are not yet in as I think my expectations may be somewhat higher and more creative than what they will have produced. Despite this, if this is true I will of course still congratulate them all on completing the work regardless so as not to seem mean.

The next step will be a mission statement for the form class. This one I am struggling with, how can I possibly sum up what thirty individuals should want to achieve in a principled sentence? I turned to the internet for inspiration and the schools general mission statement for guidance.

The school gave me this as their mission statement 'Getting the best from and for all our learners'. A statement I feel is pretty fair, a good principle to stand too and which will often conveniently require extra time, effort, work and accountability.

The wonderful internet offered me such delights as “To unlock the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. This one is from a ‘fortune 500’ American company. My search then led me to the slightly more questionably believable or particle as; “To help all people live healthy lives,” from another fortune 500 company.

The idea of a mission statement has sparked my interest, according to Steven Covey, the author of ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ a good mission statement should be, emotional, personal and clear.

So here are my attempts at a form class mission statement:

  • 7L endeavour to give the best they can to the learning process and to others.
  • 7l will strive to achieve their best in every subject and activity throughout school and beyond.
  • 7l through helping each other and themselves will aim to unlock their true potential in all areas.

I am still not sure of which one to go for but I quite like the last one. I think I will make a mission statement for the drama department next and then perhaps myself as a teacher and an individual. Something like, ‘Drama will inspire and develop potential in all students.’

So I encourage you to join me in making a mission statement for yourself, class or lessons and share them with the world. It’s a really fun journey to go through and helps you pin point what exactly it is that you want to achieve.

Samantha is secondary drama teacher and is currently in a long-term role in East London.

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