I have some news. Last week, I was granted early release from my contract as assistant headteacher at my school and have left the school and returned to the UK.
I joined the school in January this year after being approached several times by the principal for this specific role/project.
I arrived at the school during a very challenging period as it embarked on a phase of rapid change under a new principal. Within my first weeks into the job, I identified many opportunities for the school to improve after three consecutive "satisfactory" inspection reports leading up to my arrival.
I worked as hard as I could to suggest, initiate and introduce new policies and systems that could help the school develop.
During the summer, 50% of the teaching staff left the school.
The new teachers who arrived this summer are enthusiastic, positive and professional and I particularly enjoyed my few weeks working with a new cohort of NQTs. It saddens me to leave them so suddenly at the start of this term, but I knew a few weeks ago that it was the right time for me to leave.
I was really pleased I was able to influence a number of key developments at the school for 2019/20. A new behaviour/sanctions model has been introduced, the performance management policy has evolved and the teaching and learning direction in the secondary school had developed.