Landing On the Other Side – Part II (your responses) from @RosMcM

At a recent meeting of the core group of @HeadsRountable thinktank it was agreed that headteachers feel they are ‘in the trenches’.   Pondering this @vicgoddard blogged to ask heads across the country for their thoughts, on three key questions:

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No Child to Go Hungry #FSMPlus200

The moment seems right to insist that we stop holiday hunger for good.  Every child should have sufficient nutritious food to eat, every day.  Schools play a vital part in ensuring that this happens during term time with the funding provided to them for free school meals.  However, during school holidays there is no long term funding commitment and our poorest children are going hungry and poorly nourished.

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Landing On the Other Side by @vicgoddard

I am sure I am no different to many of you that are feeling like we have lost the off button at the moment. Every government announcement, every change in guidance just adds to the pressure I feel and my anxiety for myself and our community.

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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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