Bulletins

Spring 2021 Bulletin Contents

SGA Events and Notices ........................................ 2

The Government’s roadmap ................................... 3

Mental Health in Education .................................... 5

Cognus Spring update ............................................. 7

SAfE Leadership for the Future .............................. 9

Leading Well Being ............................................... 12

Gavin Williams at FED........................................... 13

What schools must publish online ......................... 16

Geoffrey’s Discussion Point .................................. 17

Orbis ...................................................................... 18

Governance Update ............................................... 19

Website update...................... ................................. 21

Come Back Soon ................................................... 22



Geoffrey's Discussion Point

Issues to resolve that we ought to talk about openly only we don’t.
Taking the positives of lockdown and turning them into a better place to live.


So here we are 12 months through a massive pan- demic and slowly the light is appearing at the end of the tunnel and the echo quietly ringing out

‘Soon we can get back to how things used to be’

‘We’ve struggled through the battle and the future is looking good’

‘Tomorrow will be a better day’

All of these thoughts and those like them are good signs but underlying these words of optimism is that burning desire of everyone to say - phew! It will be great to get back to normal; I can’t wait to get back to how things were.

Now before we drift back to life as it was before the pandemic should we not consider what we and our neighbours would like to see change. Try to understand what might happen if we go back to the old ways rather than taking the opportunity to create a more caring society. One that takes care, shares and works for us all rather than the selfish and greedy society of me - me - me, that for many this millennium has so far fostered

Perhaps having experienced the pain and suffering that we have all had to endure to survive, not only the rigours, the hardships and the deprivations of our own misfortunes but often those we have shared with our community, our family and our friends. Is it now time to engage in a serious look back over the last twelve months with them listening not only to all the negative experiences but recording the lessons and the positives with which we may be able to build or create a better place for the future. Designed not only for ourselves but especially for the next generations. What will be the major issues of the next 20 years that we all may share and wish to plan for in order to manage or avoid repeating problems? Below are a few thoughts for quick starters I am sure you can think of may more, what matters is to choose some topics for which you have a passion.

What can we do to help:
reduce the national debt - (without tax)?
reduce global warming?
improve the appropriateness of education?
increase social care and community spirit?

Why, with all our wit and new found grit don’t we try a one-world view. Making our focus on sincere sharing of and supporting endeavours to provide all with a fair, safe, inclusive, comfortable life. One of opportunity and hope for all and a ‘safety net’ rather than a ‘keep net’ for all those who need it.

Now there are some who may think from their life experience thus far that we have all those things in abundance. Yet sadly for all those who think that way. I can find you just as many whose life experiences would lead them to relate with equally strong conviction from bitter experience that none of those joys, benefits or opportunities existed. Yet, more importantly for everyone of the above there are a hundred or more whose experiences would fall scattered like confetti between those poles of stark difference.

Now is the time to ask some of those questions that will help us decide where we want or need to focus our thinking. Experience, tells me that when we have reflected on recent events and chosen the issues we would like to be different in order to find an harmonious answer, we will need a little of each contributors ideas in fair proportion, from which to shape a solution - ‘our plan’ for a better future.

This little formula outlines how the procedure often works once we have identified the problem P we wish to change, next we seek a solution S then apply this to breaking down the problem P with energy and/or enthusiasm E for a set period of time T and hope for a desired result R.

P / (S X E X T) = R

After the period of time we will review the result and may find that our solution is not resolving our problem. Now guess what most people will now do? Yes - increase S,E or T and hope to get a different R.

This rarely if ever works because surprise when you continue to do what you always do, you will always get what you’ve always got. Our life's experience should tells us all if we apply an alternative solution based on the experience of the failure we will often find the way to achieve our result. Still doggedly we believe in the past solutions fearing to change and fail again. Remember the words of Thomas Edison who said “I failed my way to success”.

My question then is this; having suffered all that we have endured in the recent past and gained the result we have now, why do you want to go back and try the same again or will you engage in a constructive debate to find a better way forward based on our hard won experiences?

Geoffrey Hackett


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