Growing teams and building relationships. Reflections of a headteacher. Part one:
In 15 years of teaching I don’t think I have ever had any words of wisdom imparted to me about the pivotal relationships for a headteacher. So I hadn’t realised until a term in to our school opening, just how important the relationships with my PA and my SBL were going to be in keeping my head above water.
How do we embrace ALL children?
It is becoming increasingly hard for school leaders to make decisions that are purely in the interests of children. The pressures that schools are facing are compelling them to often make the least worse of a series of unpalatable choices and those relating to children identified as SEND are no different. By shining the spotlight on SEND and celebrating those schools who serve their communities rather than themselves, we can begin to build educational communities that see the value in difference and champion diversity, in the knowledge that they will be valued rather than penalised for doing so.