Always learning

10 02 2013

Having looked back on this blog I realised I haven’t blogged in just over a year.

I never intended to let this blog slip and it has not as if I have been writing elsewhere so I would like to get it going again but try to be a bit more focused in what I am writing in each post.

But first a recap of last year:

– I kept up my acting deputy head post until October 2012 when I got the job permanently. The work I was doing did not change but I feel more confident within the position now and this has helped me in developing how I am working with the HT, staff and parents.

– I am now working on unit 4, of 4, of the SQH. Thank goodness! This has been hard work and as useful as some of it is I will be glad when it is over to be honest. I will have spent 4 out of the last 5 years studying and it’s time for a break. My school development initiative is on working towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award but more on that in another post.

– In July (5 days after completing the West Highland Way Race and the day after passing out twice at a wedding and splitting my head open as a result of not recovering sufficiently from the race (read more here) my HT and I visited Fumbwa village and school in Malawi to further establish our school link with them.

– In August the HT and DHT from Fumbwa village visited us as part of the British Council Reciprocal visit grant. We had established our link through Link Community Development again but unfortunately they have now lost their funding for their link schools programme and so we are attempting to carry on this link by ourselves.

– In November our school was inspected internally as a follow up to our previous HMIE inspection. I did feel more pressure this time, as DHT and not just a very, very new PT as I was when HMIE inspected. However it all went very well and was a useful process to go through.

Another busy year again and in future posts I would like to go into more detail about my fifth visit to Malawi, our Rights Respecting Schools work and my DHT role. Although I feel a different pressure as DHT than when I was a class teacher or PT there is something every day which makes me say I love my job and I usually feel positive that I am making a difference in the lives and education of the children in the school. I think that’s a pretty good way to feel about your job!

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