ESW News 14 May 2021
At the risk of sounding repetitive, what a week!
Internal reviews of schools, the interview and appointment of staff, induction plans for next year’s intake, continual reassessment of children to see what they have missed; finalising of budgets for next year; development of curriculum plans; parent evenings and all the things that happen every day to keep our schools open and functioning. Education South West exists as a team of staff. Those who work for it constantly demonstrate the benefits of working with and for one another.
I want to highlight three things, in addition to all of the above, this week.
Firstly, the seamless way in which the latest government guidance has been dealt with by Zoe Williamson and her team. We have, perhaps at times, taken for granted the way in which we have dealt with this over the last 18 months and yet the changes that have come about have been met with professionalism and calm and should be a source of pride for all staff.
Secondly, the way in which secondary staff have dealt with the ‘non-exam’ series of exams. The amount of thought, time and effort that has gone into planning, preparing, administering and then assessing our Year 11 and 13 students is astonishing. This has all been done at a time when we are also caring for, assessing and teaching children in other year groups who are once again getting used to being in a school. I am incredibly proud of the way in which senior staff have gone about this with the utmost integrity for our students and for our profession.
And finally, this week we have had a lot of rain. So much so in fact that one school suffered floods. The way in which the premises team responded to this was exemplary and testament to the highest standards to which we all aspire. The way in which their colleagues in IT responded I will leave with you in the images below – a change from the Far Side this week but equally demonstrating the importance of having a good sense of humour.
Thank you for all each and every one of you are doing for the children and staff in our schools. Have a great weekend, when it comes.