16/03/2017

Money can't buy me love…

The unprecedented financial challenges facing our schools have inevitably - rightly - dominated national headlines for the last fortnight.

I won't overly elaborate here. This piece from the BBC captures the key issues...

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39220527

Suffice to say that I did have my five penny's worth (no pun intended) on The Breeze Radio last week. My point being to highlight the apparent incoherence of a schools' funding 'strategy' which would appear to be focused on diverting understandably scare resource away from further improving great, existing provision. Maybe I'm misguided but why not simply invest properly in supporting the highest quality of inclusive, comprehensive education for all as a means of promoting social mobility?

In the midst of this challenge, the associated uncertainties and potential negativity, what it is vital to hold on to is a school's values; its purpose; its dedication to delivering the very best for its students. Without wishing to sound to corny or trite, its love both for and of learning. Creativity...

This was nowhere better exemplified than in our professional learning fair last Monday. Our teachers coming together to passionately share the research and innovation that they have been undertaking in 'triads' - groups of three colleagues from different subject areas - developing new and innovative approaches to lesson delivery and feedback to students on their progress during the Monday afternoon planning sessions that take place every week...

Teachers' Learning Fair
Teachers' Learning Fair

Priceless.

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