Monday, 25 January 2010

On moving from one site to another.

I have blogged before about the challenge of moving off one of our sites becasue of building work at our host school. Things develop...

We are into the statutory consultation and the proposed new host school objects - not that they do not want us but they have other plans for the land we hoped to use and/or their objection is a negotiating tactic to get some 'sweetener' out of the LEA.

So where do we go now? Will the LEA just ignore the objections? Can they find some sweetener - although to sweeten the proposed host but not us would be annoying at least! Is there a Plan B?

The cynic in me, and some of our staff, would argue that this is a conspiracy by the LEA to have the move fail and thus force a less palatable alternative onto our school. My view tends to support cock-up rather than conspiracy theories and in that context the belated action on this has got in the way of a thorough and creative appraisal of options.

Where we go now is currently baffling me - any thoughts very welcome!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Snow days...

Right, I am going to be short and controversially provocative here...

Some schools of which I am aware have had all week off, which of course means that (by and large) the staff have spent all day at home being paid.

Just how unreasonable is it to ask how we recover that paid for time? One might expect that much of a teacher's PPA will now be up to date, for example.

Our pupils have lost 5 days' of education, how do we catch up? By extending the school day - using the time that teachers no longer need for PPA? By extending the term by a week?

Any ideas welcome.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Wishes for 2010

Here's to a wondeful 2010 during which Ofsted become more supportive, The Lamb Enquiry recommendations are effectively implemented, funding for schools remains adequate, our school move goes without a hitch, behaviour management finally gets sorted out, thed future of the individual SILCs becomes clear, pigs fly...

...and all governors are valued by all stakeholders for their unique contribution.

Remember that we can and do make a difference by challenging and supporting, by constantly seeking improvement, by knowing what we know and what we do not know, by getting trained up on the latter, by thinking beyond the current boundaries, by caring and loving, by keeping the faith, by being creative, by having a vision for our school - and in lots of other ways.

Happy New Year to everyone...