I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of our community for bearing with us all as we held our Inspire Learning Trust Professional Learning Day. It was a fantastic day, with professionals from across the Trust and from the full range of curriculum areas and professional services teams, coming together to work alongside each other.
During the day we talked about Inspire Learning Trust (Sitwell Junior School, Oakwood High School, Winterhill School and Thomas Rotherham College) being a truly inclusive trust. Inclusivity is about our children and young people – of course it is! But equally, and as importantly, it’s about the community which we serve. We must develop an understanding of what it is; what we can do for that community. It’s also about, and this is often forgotten in schools and colleges, working with, alongside and for our adults, our professionals. Whatever we do, whatever our role we all have a contribution to make!
When we leap out of bed in the morning to come to work so early, it’s not because of the pounds, shillings, and pence (for those of a certain age). We engage with our work, our challenges and our charges because we truly believe in what we’re trying to achieve. We do that for the children and young people, we do that for the community and, let’s not forget, we do that for each other.
You will all have your definitions of what to be ‘inclusive’ might be; what it might look like. I’m not going to engage in a lengthy debate here about that, other than to say inclusivity is about seeing the individual, whilst considering the collective. What we do with, and for, that individual must add value to the collective; through the care for every child, young person and adult we serve. We want every single person to feel that they are part of something bigger, part of something important.
And as a community we all have a role to play. Working in education is tough. You will know that and so we ask that every interaction with the adults who work with and for your children and young people is positive, polite and respectful; do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. Sadly, we do have few occasions when our parents and carers are rude, disrespectful and unhelpful. We do not and will not accept or tolerate that. As we all do for you, think twice, take care and be polite.
I hope that you all can feel that you are part of something bigger, something important and something which will make a difference.
I’ll leave you with the African philosophy of Ubuntu
I am because we are.
I do because we do.
They are because we are.
They do because we do.