18 Jan

Deal or No Deal?

It has been interesting watching the politics and the politicians. I know that there is a terrifically serious job to be done but on occasions watching the images come in from Westminster is a little bit like watching some of our pupils as they argue with their friends or even when they challenge the adults. It’s the concept of no! It is relatively easy, and quite immature, to say no and not propose a viable alternative. Sometimes when we talk to children about their behaviour that’s what we hear; they issue the ‘no’ and don’t think through what the palatable alternatives might be.

So how do we get round this? We remain calm when talking to our children . We issue clear instructions. And, most importantly for me, we evidence strong leadership. We do not shirk our responsibilities as professionals. We know what needs to be done, we know the direction of travel and we work to achieve those goals and our aims. Sometimes the road map we’ve set out is difficult and on occasions not be what everybody, in that moment, believes is the right direction. However we stay true to what we believe to be true and reference back to those ‘red lines’ which we apply day in and day out.

I fully accept working with children and adults in the context of the school is fundamentally different to trying to sort the Brexit issue, however there may well be things to be learnt from the way that schools tackle some of the teenage intransigence, issues and challenging behaviour. We are bound to find a way forward. We cannot just say no. We cannot hide in our (metaphorical) bunker. We need to face our challenges head-on. That is something we are comfortable in doing. Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take on the challenge.

In these days of political turmoil all we can do is turn back to what we know to be right and concentrate on the things we know we can influence. We here at Oakwood know what is right and we know where our influence lies.

And some Noel Edmonds wisdom (?)...
‘The energy leaves your container but it has to go somewhere. You cannot destroy energy. My energy will return to where it came from – part of a massive, incomprehensible universal web of energy.’