Nothing at All

Governance is NOT nothing at all;
We are not separate from the leadership of the school.
The governing body has an important role.
Whatever schools were, that they are still –
There for the children
To promote their learning, as you always have.
There is no difference now.
We’re not here to do the headteacher’s job.
Lead as you have always led, in your professional role.
Teach, assess, support, praise the children.
Let your focus always be on the quality
Of teaching and learning in the school.
Teaching means all it ever meant.
But school leaders are accountable
And we, the governors, are there
To challenge and support,
To make an impact on the outcomes for children.
Why should we be out of mind because we are out of sight?
The head and SLT must demonstrate that
They are carrying out the governors’ strategic plans.
Ofsted will look for this, and they will be there –
Sometime very soon, just around the corner ….
Remember that.


 Based on this text:

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)

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