Education is first and foremost about student needs and creating an environment that provides all students with a very real opportunity to pursue their personal potential. For education to be at its most valuable it must be a holistic experience and allow young people to pursue personal excellence across a range of contexts.
Central to this provision of a holistic experience is exposure to top class teaching and the pursuit of academic excellence. Academic excellence is for each student a personal thing and teachers must strive to know each of the students at a personal level. Identifying student needs through recognition of prior learning, who they are and where they come from is fundamental. This will better facilitate the ability of teachers to differentiate their teaching to account for these identified needs and make the learning more meaningful for each and every student.