I found her sobbing over the laptop by @BarlowCaroline

I found her sobbing over the laptop. “There’s just so MUCH of it. It keeps going and going. I’ll NEVER manage it all. I don’t want to do it anymore.” Whilst this could easily have been me with the mascara running down my face, struggling to breathe through my distress at any point this week in the face of 41 updates from the DfE, a mountain of logistics to climb and an unimaginable amount of risk to calculate; it was in fact my 16-year-old who, for the first time since being cut loose from her school on 17th March, faced the magnitude of her A level study requirements.

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Leading and Governing Schools during a Global Pandemic by @RRUnsworth

It has now been eight weeks since the Government introduced a soft lockdown as part of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Eight weeks in which we have all become accustomed to a new ‘normal’, in both our personal and our professional lives. For schools and their governing boards, this crisis has presented huge challenges and I am proud that we have risen to that challenge. By schools, I mean HTs/CEOs, teachers, TAs, many others who work in schools, children, parents and our communities. By governing boards, I mean governors, trustees, LGB members, chairs, and clerks. We have had to embrace new ways of working together. I salute you all!

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A New Broom

Each Thursday, for a few brief moments, the new stillness of my road will be interrupted for claps and applause for our NHS and key workers. The cheers denoting both appreciation and hope ring briefly out, then fade to silence once again. These moments offer a sense of unity and coming together, both important and needed, as we face the realities of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Not just on our health but also on the way we live our lives; how we socially and economically function. Our current realities are not permanent but it’s difficult to see that at the moment. For many of us, we are just desperate to be back to how it was.

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Virtual Leadership

Two HTRT Core Group members, James Eldon (Headteacher) and Jon Chaloner (CEO) have already described their experiences from before lockdown – Managing the Unimaginable – and as the new reality hit home – Leading to Lockdown. In this final reflection they explore what it means to lead a school in these uncharted waters.

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Leading to Lockdown

In the first of these trilogy of blogs – Managing the Unimaginable – James Eldon (Headteacher) and Jon Chaloner (CEO) described their pre-lockdown professional lives, from their different perspectives. These are their reflections about when everything changed.

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