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Don’t let complacency lead to decline

Don’t let complacency lead to decline

It was lovely to see the girls arrive at school on Tuesday morning fully refreshed and looking forward to another term in school. They certainly seem to have enjoyed their break and the wonderful weather that accompanied it. I have returned after another birthday and am considering life being officially middle-aged.

I was asked an interesting question recently by a parent who was looking around the school. After enquiring as to how long I had been in post, and considering my response of eight years, he followed up with did I feel I had achieved everything I could in that time? The answer is easy, absolutely not. But the question did give me pause for thought. To stand still or be complacent in the ever changing world of education is a simple way to gradually decline. Continually striving to improve and develop new ideas without throwing out what works is what can keep us at the forefront of our profession.

I often compare these small incremental improvements to a cycling team. One tiny enhancement, like more efficient taping and better aerodynamics over seams on a suit, makes very little difference to performance. Whereas combining this with many other augmentations means that the rider can have a real advantage. There is always something to work on and I will continue to take on board ideas and, yes, criticisms from everyone who has a stake in the school.