The press seem to relish polarising schools and leaders whilst stirring yet more ridicule on those whom we wish had a definitive direction but it is never as straightforward as we might like. The masked debate. When will be move on?
Secondary schools in particular have yet another difficult decision to make, policy to enforce. This is still really important as we will have young people in lessons all day long, five days a week in a couple of weeks time.
Understandably clarity is sought but coming out of lockdown was never going to be easy. Headteachers, Trusts and MATs will be making their own well-thought-out policies and will have decided how this will impact upon all the stakeholders involved. And it is guaranteed that this will change over time. We place no greater trust in our headteachers right now (So when can we move on from this masked debate?)
The debate continues
Particularly challenging for my own set of values and what makes a stimulating school community is the ear worm that keeps coming back to haunt me. Current guidance states that staff should minimise contact with other adults in school and that the use of the staff room should be minimised. What will the real impact of this be? The greasing of the wheels to keep staff connected is going to be sorely missing. The timetable challenges that this will bring to ensure staff are connected with each other is one that I fear few schools will have had the resources or time to really think through. Staff contact, support, idle chitchat is paramount in re-building all the fractured teams – where each and every member of staff will have their own story to tell and each and every situation will be challenging, different and full of every emotion that will present itself in many unknown ways. And that is before we even discuss the challenges of teaching next term.