Headteachers’ Message April 2015

The country will go to the polls in three weeks to elect their government for the next five years. No doubt many of you will have seen the Live Leadership Debates on T.V or read some of the key political manifesto points. In terms of education, the election promises are wide-ranging: a commitment to funding, tuition fees, even a ‘professional oath’ to be taken. Despite the different educational battlegrounds, one common vision for all schools should prevail – that schools should do the very best for the young people that they serve; that they give them the opportunity to shine in any field, whether it is academic or non-academic; that they help each and every student in their care to realise their full potential, to help shape a society that cares for one another, values one another and celebrates everyone’s differences. As educational leaders, we will, of course, watch the election unfold with interest. Five years is a very long time in Education. What schools have to do is not to allow themselves to be swayed or influenced by political thinking, but to keep a course that is straight and true in what they believe in and do the right things for the communities they serve. At Arthur Terry, our ‘manifesto’ is quite simple: to nurture, develop and challenge each and every student in our care and ensure that they can be the best that they can be. Political campaigns will come and go, but the huge responsibility and privilege that we have been given to educate the leaders of the future will remain. Richard Gill and Neil Warner Headteachers