I love this series. And Educating Essex was my favourite one so far. I had so much respect for Vic Goddard, the Principal and Mr Drew, his Deputy. In fact I saw Steven Drew speak recently at the Southend Primary Heads Conference and was equally impressed with what he had to say about collaboration in his new role as a headteacher in Brentwood.
I am a keen follower of both on Twitter. More on that in a moment.
I have been keeping up to date with the latest news from the DfE since the general election to get a sense of what may lay ahead for schools in the next five years. A good summary can be found here in this interview with Education Secretary Nicky Morgan:
This provoked an almost immediate response from the National Association of Headteachers:
Now this blog isn’t for political purposes. It is more perhaps me thinking out loud and also sharing stimulating, useful and perhaps sometimes controversial weblinks, resources and videos. However there are perhaps two points I would like to make. The first is a simple one. I have never been to a coasting school, anywhere. I have only ever worked with or worked in schools where the staff work tirelessly and complacency is non-existent.
The second is more a comment about the difficulties we currently face in recruiting not just teachers but leaders. Our latest teacher advertisement attracted only one applicant and we were unable to shortlist. This is a similar trend across all Southend schools and indeed nationally. It’s a similar story with recruiting teachers to leadership roles, especially headship. Any government needs to consider how to make the profession more attractive to ensure that high calibre graduates do consider teaching as a really positive option.
I for one love the work I do and the opportunity to help the young people in our care, which takes me back to Twitter and to Vic Goddard. He tweeted a link to an open letter he has written to Nicky Morgan. The letter is about how he is currently feeling about the work he does in school. Let me know what you think: