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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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Managing the Unimaginable

Over the next few days we’ll release a series of blogs by James Eldon (Headteacher) and Jon Chaloner (CEO). From their different perspectives, these two school leaders will reflect on the pandemic – a place where none of us have ever been before; what was and what is.

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Time to Stop Supporting a Broken System? #PauseOfsted

“It is with much soul searching that I decided I could no longer be associated with, or represent, Ofsted as an inspector or advocate. As someone who used to publicly praise and support Ofsted I find I can no longer defend the many flaws I now see in the system” … so started the resignation letter from Dame Nicola Stephenson DBE.

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Viewing Ofsted from the Inside and Out by @Julespg #PauseOfsted

My first experience of Ofsted was as a teacher in 1996. In those days, the visit was announced many months in advance by ‘the brown envelope’, but the staff got to know about the impending inspection through the paint colour chart circulated to all classrooms, heralding the arrival of the decorators.

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