Teacher experienced a significantly different inset week. It was stripped back and allowed large blocks of time to re-acclimatise to being back. This included time to reconnect with colleagues, plan in teams and set up classrooms. The principal's welcome for all staff was focused on personal well-being, promoting connection with others and relationship building. We explored simple actionable skills, approaches and attitudes that we can use to support our own well-being. This focus on personal well-being for our staff continues throughout until the Christmas break with regular CPD sessions focused on well-being. We hope this will help over this long term, especially in the knowledge that many, if not all of our staff, have not had a proper holiday. The soft landing for staff continues as we review what is key and most important in the coming months and accepting some of our initiatives may need to be put on hold or slowed in their introduction.
We recognise that as we start the year it may not be the normal exciting and energetic beginning to the academic year, however, we do believe we have put together programmes that will make our situation a positive learning experience for our whole community. This is our starting point and we shall be reviewing it as we go along.