ESW News 21 May 2021
Wet breaks, windy playtimes and a chill in the air. As we approach the half-way point in the summer term it is easy to imagine we are in the middle of October!
Congratulations to all those in Year 11 and Year 13 as they complete their ‘assessments’ and ‘graduate’ from school at the end of next week. We should all be proud of how they have managed the last few weeks in particular; they are a credit to all those who work in our schools. Congratulations also to all our primary pupils who continue to impress their teachers with their positive attitude and sheer joy of being back at school.
Of course, a lot of our children continue to experience difficulties around anxiety, knowing boundaries and readjusting to a school environment; I salute the work of all staff (and it is all staff) involved in providing the necessary compassion and support required. At the same time, occasionally there comes a point where we can no longer support certain needs within a school setting whilst ensuring all children are safe and able to flourish. On these occasions leaders are taking the appropriate steps.
A number of our Heads had the opportunity to meet virtually with Nick Gibb this week. He was keen to hear about our views on 1-1 tutoring, Ofsted, TAGs and any other Covid related issues. There are many opportunities to contribute at the moment to what the future shape of education should be like, please do get involved if you are asked by other organisations or if you have particularly views then please do share them with me.
This week we have been finalising the 2021/22 budgets for our schools. We do not pool budgets in ESW so that the funding that a school receives based on pupil numbers goes to that school. ESW is in a healthy position financially and we have ridden the Covid storm well. Prudent and regular financial planning means that we are able to sustain future developments and also be prepared for where pitfalls that occur. Every decision taken in relation to finance follows the same principles to all decisions made: what will deliver the best impact for our children? How can we best support the staff who work for Education South West?
Thank you again for all that you have done this week. Have a great weekend when it comes.