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Vilfredo Pareto and the 80/20 principle

In 1897, Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.

This same principle can be applied to many walks of life.

80% of a team’s goals are scored by 20% of the players.

80% of a city’s traffic is on 20% of its roads.

It can also be applied in your school.

80% of poor behaviour comes from 20% of pupils.

80% of complaints come from 20% of parents.


80% of the best lessons are taught by 20% of teachers.

Here’s an interesting one:

80% of positivity comes from 20% of your staff.

Now, we can apply the 80/20 principle to itself.

So we take 80% of 80 and 20% of 20 and end up with the 64/4 principle.

In short, 64% of your highest levels of positivity comes from 4% of your staff.

We need to seek out these people and try to get more of them into our schools.

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