Author Archives: bergistra

Back into the swing of things…

It has taken a week or so but things are really getting back to normal now. One of the interesting elements of my job is that occasionally I have the opportunity to play a small part in the reshaping of … Continue reading

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Magic moments…

Things are slowly getting back to normal. This morning was spent trying to catch up on paperwork, talking to staff about various issues and an interim review meeting with the local authority about the placement of a child with a … Continue reading

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After the Storm

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I went to work this morning. We had an incredibly difficult week at school last week and I was anticipating fall out today. There was none. Staff and children were happy … Continue reading

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Taking it all in…

This weekend I have been trying to digest the past 8 weeks. In many ways the first half term of the school year is the most difficult, with relationships being re-established and new relationships being developed; new routines implemented and … Continue reading

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In a Parallel Universe…

The children in our support group are a bit like a barometer. The pressure inside the school and out on the estate seems to be reflected in their behaviour. This week everyone is tired. These children are particularly challenging at … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass…

A lot happens in a week at school, so much in fact that often at the end of the day I can’t remember what happened that morning. I wanted to tell you of two of our successes… The LAC child … Continue reading

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Finding the Balance

Tomorrow morning my pupil and family support worker will take the minibus and a Learning support assistant, and go and collect children for school. At the end of the day she will take them home again. At 9.00 I will … Continue reading

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Piggy in the middle…

This morning began with meeting a parent and resolving a complaint. It was not a difficult meeting and the issues were fairly easily sorted out. As I expected, there seemed to be an underlying motive which related to an ex … Continue reading

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Round and Round and Round we go…

The support group is caught in a whirlwind of change. The new children are, understandably, taking a while to settle. The more settled children are feeling unsettled by the newcomers in their patch and staff are having to adapt rapidly … Continue reading

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Walking the tightrope

In my experience being a school leader is a balancing act. You are constantly balancing the needs of the people in the school. Primary needs are those of the children, though as John Tomsett says in his blog, the staff … Continue reading

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