It’s a little while since my last blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking- if you follow Twitter you will know that!
This time of year is very much focused on looking ahead – whether that’s to all the wonderful events we have planned for the rest of the year and realising we have less weeks ahead than we’ve had , or to the next academic year and all the planning that goes with that, particularly budgetary and staffung needs.
It is important then , as a head, to take time to think and reflect , to notice and to reflect in order to keep close to our vision and values , particularly in times of activity. Saturday offered me that chance when I attended Celebrating Education in London. Even the title promised enrichment ! It reminded me that in the face of any challenges , whether that be monetary, time or accountability, education and learning and the achievements of our children should be celebrated every day.
Much of what we do is amazing and often it can be tempting to dwell on the one less positive aspect of our life- let’s keep the focus on the why we do what we do and the fantastic things that happen in our lives every day.
The challenges we face , whatever they may be, can then be dealt with when we have strengthened our resolve with optimism and collective effort. We have an amazing team and I feel lucky to work in such a fabulous school. This week the team will be supporting each other and me as it’s a jam- packed week!
Today I am joining Trust school leaders at a well- being session looking at stress and ways to work with it- crucial to working as a leader and considering how to help staff, parents and children manage this. This afternoon I join other Melton leaders at a meeting about Social, emotional and Memtal health provision in our area.
Tomorrow I travel to London to meet with the RSC putting plans in place for a very special event planned at our school in September- exciting news to be released when everything is finalised .On Wednesday and Thursday I am working with our staff and children in class – central to my role as leader of teaching and learning and curriculum( and I have lots of resources and thinking to share as a result of my learning over the last couple of months).
On Thursday evening I am travelling with a range of leaders across our Trust as part of research into resourcing and developing curriculum for the future . We are working with schools across the country to research and develop approaches to meeting social cultural and economic challenges for o curriculum and organisational development suited to our children’s needs and lives. As a head it is important we interact with our colleagues and organisations wider than our own to ensure we are providing the best we are able, and to benchmark our provision to know we are ensuring a commitment to the Hughes expectations and giving our children the very best available education.
This week, working across a diverse local , national and international community as well as closely in our school, I know will be a challenge in terms of stamina but is likely to teach me some vital and inspirational messages. I look forward to what lies ahead.