ESW News 15 January 2021
Looking from the outside into the education world, or for those of you in new positions or new to the world of schools, one might wonder how we will cope with school when things are back to normal?
When we aren’t dealing with last minute changes to guidance (looking forward to checking the DfE website at 6.30 pm today) how will we find our jobs exciting again? What will we do for entertainment?
What will we do to occupy the 24 hours in the day when we don’t have to re-plan a testing regime? When we don’t have to readjust our teaching plans or arrangements for operating within schools on a regular basis? What will we do with our time when we aren’t updating risk assessments on a daily basis? What will we do when we have to see people regularly? The answer is, of course, that we will remember the joy that working in a profession that brings progression and knowledge to young people and society brings.
This week’s highlights for me include
- IT dealing with over 400 calls from parents in the first morning of online teaching, enabling children to access what we are working hard to deliver;
- ESW’s very own Joe Wicks delivering online PE sessions to over 350 primary children at once (thank you, Matt Sullivan);
- the delivery of about 2000+ hours of online lessons having been taught per secondary school
and, of course, all this done alongside the commencement of LF testing.
I also continue to receive a plethora of compliments from parents/carers, governors, directors and staff (it really is uplifting to be copied into these so please do continue to share the good news and positive comments with as many people as possible). I remain incredibly proud of the way in which we are responding in a positive, solution-focused way to everything which is thrown at us. School and senior leaders talk constantly to me about how grateful they are to be working with such a supportive and forward thinking group of people and I can only echo that.
Have a good weekend, when it comes, best wishes and thanks,
Cartoon below sums up for me how things might feel at the moment. You can work out below which scientist represents the DfE