Well done to everyone on getting to the end of what is always a long and draining term. I always cheer myself up when I get to this point by thinking that we are nearly half way through the academic year.
Whilst missing the day to day contact with school during my secondment to ASCL, I must admit that there are certain parts of the normal end of term routine that I am happy to live without. For example, I am somehow coping without having to write end of term reports, a job which I have never really enjoyed.
All of which set me thinking – what would I write if this were part of the President’s duties?
ASCL has had a very good term and should be encouraged by the progress it has made. Amongst its many achievements has been a strong set of Information Conferences which were very well received by all those who attended them. As well as supporting members and passing on information, the association has actively sought to influence policy and to shape the future direction of education through its Blueprint for a self-improving system. The Blueprint shows tremendous promise and their challenge next term is to push on with the project.
ASCL has the potential to make a real difference to our country’s education system and it is essential that it makes use of the opportunities that it has been given. Don’t forget the Latin motto’ Carpe Diem’ which translates as ‘Seize the Day!’
ASCL’s attendance at key events has been excellent and it is pleasing to see that the association is regarded as a voice of reason and good sense by those who make policy. When its members need advice or face challenging times they report that the support offered by the association is of the highest quality. For this reason ASCL continues to grow and now has well over 18,000 members.
I am sure that this strong performance will not lead to complacency and that the association will do all that it can to build on these strong foundations next term. The period leading up to the next General Election is bound to present challenges, but I am confident that it is ready and able to rise to them. I am pleased to report that the association can go into the holiday period knowing that it has achieved and indeed exceeded its expected levels of progress.
I hope that everyone has a peaceful and restful holiday.
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