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If You Can Keep Your Head

Keep Your Head

Keep Your Head (Image: www.jokeroo.com)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on the child,
If you can give confidence to children and staff when all doubt them,
Make provision for their needs to ensure they achieve;
If you persevere and forge partnerships and not be tired by waiting:
If you can support your colleagues and establish teaching provision to meet their needs
Yet not lose patience when time and resources are unpredictable,
If you can prioritise and organise demands from many
Remaining unwearied and positive;
If you can lead by example and show consistently excellent teaching,
Remaining focused on achievement and exciting learning
Yours is the Earth and the power to make a difference,
And-what is more– you’ll be our School Improvement Adviser for SEND my friend!

I came across the above job ad (not the picture) on the www.eteach.com website. A different time and a different place, I might have applied for it. Why? Because it says so much about the vision and values of the organisation who wrote (or commissioned) the ad. Clearly a job interview would confirm my initial feelings about the prospective employer but, if this is integral with their mission and purpose, they must be an exciting organisation to work for.

What is your school or setting like as a workplace? Does it buzz with the excitement of purpose – or is it burdened with just trying to tick boxes and look good in the eyes of inspectors? Is there a clear vision or goal? Do its values underpin everything that happens there? Is there a clear sense of mission and purpose – or is it just existing to serve the purposes of those who should know better but probably don’t?

I want to be part of something that is much bigger than the organisation I serve – part of an exciting vision to change things for the better for children. That’s what inspires the large majority of the teaching profession – that’s what makes them get out of bed every morning and want to go to work.

That’s what made me wish I was in a position to apply for this job…