Talking to colleagues in the schools that we work with, I know that one of our fears as a profession, for the longer term, is the damage the pandemic might inflict on this new generation, undermining the resilience that they are trying to develop in their early years, chipping away at their enthusiasm and sapping their mental energy so very early on. We have long-standing issues with recruitment and retention in teaching and it’s vital that we don’t allow the pandemic to exacerbate them.
So I want those new teachers to be re-inspired and reinvigorated in how they approach their classrooms.
Anyone coming into teaching wants to make a difference and you can lose sight of that in troubled times. So our festival is also about pulling back and helping people to recognise what a glorious profession this is and what an incredible impact teachers can have on young lives. Hearing from people who have been on the journey and can share their expertise and knowledge will, I hope, help those at the start of it to ride out this challenging time and reaffirm to them that they have made the right choice in choosing teaching as a career.
The BlueSky Festival of Learning starts on Tuesday 17th November and runs until the beginning of December with daily am and pm sessions.
As in the summer, all of the sessions are free to anyone who registers and will be viewable after the event, too, via a free BlueSky career portfolio.