What have I learned about the power of connections?
Once upon a time, at a conference
in a galaxy far away, a very new headteacher (like, two weeks in post)
attended her first association conference. She had seen Heads under whom
she had served shoot off for such an occasion towards the end of a busy
year, returning refreshed to the fray, reporting on great speakers,
nice locations, how lovely to see old friends from their teaching past.
What was not to like?
Are schools doing enough to look after their staff?
They say that by your works shall ye be known. Actions, reportedly, speak louder than words. Don’t announce what you will do to improve things, or describe your good intentions: just do it, to coin a phrase.
So, if it is a school’s intention to do all that it can to improve the happiness of its staff and students – or are those two aims mutually exclusive? – what exactly does it do about it? What action does it take? Or, more likely with such an ambitious aim, what actions?