Reversal of Fortunes
Any regular readers, or my followers on Twitter, or Facebook, may well have noticed that I’ve not been entirely active of late.
Hardly published anything – or tweeted- or anything else for that matter.
You may be wondering why.
Well here goes …
The school which I’m Head of – a special school for children with severe learning difficulties – was alerted that we were about to receive an OFSTED inspection. Not unexpected – a little earlier than we would have liked – but nothing we shouldn’t have been able to handle.
Except we didn’t – we fell foul of what in OFSTED speak is called a limiting judgement – certain areas of the inspection don’t just impact on that particular section – but on lots of other areas too – and to cut a long story short we ended up being served with “A notice to improve” – basically this means that you have 8 months in which to sort things out in.
Trouble is, this is not a good thing for a school, or for a Headteacher. It’s not good either for a local authority – and my particular local authority have quite a tough stance – if a school enters a “category” – then they generally expect a change of leadership. A bit like a football team missing out on a trophy really.
So a few weeks on, and here I sit, having resigned my position, and having had my life turned upside down.
Devastated ? It doesn’t even come close.
Now I could wax lyrical about the unfairness of the OFSTED system, about how I’ve been mistreated by my authority. I won’t though – I was sure that I wouldn’t make mileage out of my position in school before this happened – and I’m not going to start now. Suffice to say I feel at a very low ebb, and more than a little embarrassed at having to tell people what’s happened.
It’s been a year of incredible ups down for me – a year in which I met the Prime Minister, in which I had cabinet ministers reading my blog, a year in which only a few weeks ago I chatted with Education Secretary Ed Balls at a reception for successful Headteachers on the House of Commons terrace. Now he’s not Education secretary – and I’m not, for the moment, a successful Headteacher.
So what for the future ?
Well I start again – I look for another job. I have no millions to fall back on like David Laws, nor have I reached any substantial pay off agreement like Rafa Benitez.
I do have optimism though, and I’m not downhearted about the future. I know that I’ve delivered some excellence to my schools, and my pupils in the past, and I know that I’ll achieve good things in the future.
Perhaps this might be the opportunity for me to make that change of career that I never would have made – maybe I’ll get into politics after all – who knows ?
In the mean time if anyone knows of any jobs that need doing – I’m your man !