Sunday, November 18, 2018
The head teacher of Marlwood School in Gloucestershire faces a perfect storm.
The BBC documentary (School) about three academies facing austerity measures with drastic budget cuts and declining student numbers with declining behaviour standards has been riveting viewing so far.
Being a Head Teacher myself makes for a grim fascination as my colleagues go through budget meetings, confrontational parent meetings, endless student discipline issues, and OFSTED inspections.
In the second episode, the Head Teacher at 'special measures' Marlwood School in Glouchestershire reads from a previous, dismal, OFSTED attack on the school's leadership.
I felt for him. He seems like a decent bloke, with a family of four children, doing an impossible job.
At one point he reckons that the school has become like his fifth child (albeit a black sheep).
Made me wonder about the job and the reasons why we do it, and I admired the hell out of him as he battled the academy trust's chief number cruncher and bean counter who, I suspect, will close the school down in episode 3.
Like I said, grimly fascinating and rivetting.