Leadership Team Blog – 5th December 2014


This week on twitter a trend started where teachers are sharing their 12 Joys of Teaching (#12joysofteaching). Each day a challenge is set and the teaching twitter community add their comments and thoughts along the theme. It has really made me reflect on what a fantastic and privileged profession teaching is. I have the pleasure of working across all three schools in our Partnership on a daily basis, and work closely with over 100 teachers across our schools. Each of them different, each of them individual and every single day they get the opportunity to inspire young people and impact on their lives. Equally every day your children impact hugely on us.

My day started today with singing assembly at Place Farm, where I thoroughly enjoyed singing along to ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘It was on a Starry Night’ with 400 children. Later I worked with some children in Year 6 discussing evolution, extinction and fossils- the questions they asked were fantastic. I travelled to Burton End and observed a fantastic Year 6 class in their literacy lessons, sharing ideas and writing persuasive letters about Haverhill.

My day ended with a workshop with teachers at Castle Manor, talking deeply about learning and how we give feedback to children that enables each individual child to make the best progress they can, it was powerful and inspiring.
So as we approach the last 2 weeks of this term, weeks that are packed with Christmas Carol Concerts, Dance Shows, Christmas Fayres, Nativities, Mock exams, parties, celebrations and festivities, and of course lots of hard work, I would like to say thank you to everyone in our Partnership, staff and students, for bringing and sharing the joys of teaching.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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