ESW News 30 April 2021
The news this week has been dominated by yet more insinuations of nefarious practices by those in power, both in our country (isn’t one of the first safeguarding rules not to share your mobile ‘phone number?) and abroad.
The situation in India is simply terrible. As many of you will know, Tina Rodwell-Lyn, former head of Blackawton, is living in India at present. Her biggest concern currently is for the children for whom she has set up a street school.
Such events from around the world, and closer to home, make me angry and remind me why I came into teaching. Our children are the future for our societies, both locally and nationally. We should be ambitious for them and ensure that we do not waste a second of the time we have to educate them. It is imperative that we continue to develop knowledgeable, responsible, articulate, thoughtful adults. The diet of curriculum we give them in the classroom influences their decisions and future characteristics. But we only have them for a short time, and have little control to the other influences they may be exposed to. That is why it is vital that everything we do with them in schools is delivered to the highest possible standard.
As a Trust of 11 schools we have a wealth of expertise and experience amongst our staff body, in and outside the classroom; it is the taught and untaught curriculum which will have the greatest impact on the future of young people. I am delighted therefore that this week we began the training of our newly appointed Curriculum Development Leads with the ambition of improving what has already been developed in our schools to produce a ‘world class’ curriculum for Education South West. This will result in not only a reduction in work load through the sharing of resources and ideas, allowing teachers to focus on the why and how; but by utilising the hard work that we have already carried out in developing curriculum across schools and working together across the Trust, we will develop the very best curriculum we can for the children in our schools.
Have a restful and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend, when it comes.