So here goes…
I’m not entirely sure where my musings will take me or whether there is anyone out there even vaguely interested in what I have to say, but I feel compelled to have a voice within our current, damaged and damaging educational landscape.
Damaging to the mental health and wellbeing of our educational leaders, our teachers and the children within our schools.
I don’t say this lightly or with any particular political motivation, I say it with passion and with a desperation and desire for change.
As a Headteacher, I am resolute in my belief that a creative curriculum which promotes communication and develops confidence at its core, is the key to enabling and educating all our children to achieve success.
Sadly, despite recent acknowledgement from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, confirming what those working with our children have known all along, indicating that judgement based on testing limits breadth and balance, we are still, first and foremost, being judged on flawed performance data, statistical analysis and sometimes punitive safeguarding requirements.
I feel there needs to be more respect and trust given to those working within our education system – those truly qualified to give their opinion.
I can say, hand on heart, that I trust my teachers to do their jobs. I recruited them, appraise them within a supportive system and enable their continuing professional development. They are committed professionals who know how to do their jobs. They are therefore best positioned to plan for the development and progress of the children entrusted to them day in and day out.
Should I therefore not be granted the same courtesy? Having been an educator for over 20 years and surely knowing my school community best, am I therefore not best placed to develop the curriculum to accommodate and accelerate the progress of the children?
Should I not therefore be given more respect, trust and support to lead and manage my school to ensure the education and wellbeing and future for each and every child is maximised?
There needs to be accountability of course, but through respect and professional dialogue, not the current label, name and shame game that currently exists. Surely?