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As we try to find a way through this national crisis it is probably worth reflecting on the apposite advice of Charles R Swindoll:
‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it’.
One week onto lockdown and we’re all finding ways to manage the challenges of home working, home schooling and caring – or for some all three. The wonders of whatsapp bring an accessible source of advice, and distraction, with Cheshire East Headteachers displaying an otherwise unknown collective sense of humour! Belated guidance is coming out of the DfE, particularly welcome in respect of proposals for awarding GCSE and A Level grades and we’re starting to think about virtual Governor and Trustee meetings that will enable us to meet some of the usual monitoring and budget setting tasks for this time of year.
What a remarkable week and what strange circumstances we find ourselves in. Our Headteachers, staff and pupils have responded magnificently to the challenges posed by the necessary decision to close schools and go into lockdown. This included rapidly organized leavers assemblies on Friday (which seems an age a go..) and the organization of a team of volunteers to deliver the emergency provision for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. That said we are all, especially our children, a little bewildered by the course of events and not yet through the first week of what is likely to be a long haul. Thank goodness the sun is shining at least.
‘Live to 100: work till 75’
This was the prediction of Professor Lynda Gratton at the recent ‘Whole Education’ National conference. Her argument highlighted the growing influence of Artificial Intelligence on the workplace – taking over routine tasks and causing a migration to higher level functions of integration and relationships for humans.
Well…. at least it’s over!
Whatever your perspective we at least have a decision and a sense of momentum, whether it’s in the right direction only time will tell.
As our schools and Trust celebrate a year of achievement (have a look at the Trust and Schools’ newsletters elsewhere on this webpage), it is sobering to reflect on our collective endeavours compared to the state of the Nation.
In my (not so) regular blogs I aim to reflect on what we can learn, or at least take reassurance, from events in the news. There is of course a multitude of examples in the political world but I’m pretty sure most people have had their fill of Brexit related stories. Let’s instead return to the sporting arena and consider the travails of Manchester United.
At the time of writing we are in the middle of a political crisis that is unprecedented in living memory. The news is dominated by Brexit and, whatever side of the argument you favour, deadlock. This sense of turbulence and uncertainty doesn’t look likely to be resolved any time soon although no one is confident of making predictions – it seems anything could happen…
Peter Rubery reflects on the success of the Open Evenings held at Secondary Schools from within The Fallibroome Trust.
After a glorious summer it’s good to get back in routine and welcome back our students, including those joining our Trust in Reception, Year 7 and Year 12.