As Alice Cooper captured the rowdy spirit of the last day of school in 1972 with his rock song ‘School's out for summer’ we approach the end of another academic year with an upbeat question - is it time to wind down to enjoy a half dozen or so weeks of RRR – rest, relaxation and reflection?
In the words of William Shakespeare - "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players" - we suggest schools exist on their own stage setting with pupils taking centre stage. Visiting any school or college you experience life in true 4D. The question is not "to be or not to be?" but "how do you bring your setting to life 24/7?"
When recruiting staff in your magnetic field is your school attractive or repellent? Possibly a deeply personal question but intensely important at this time of turbulence; recession, Brexit, a global pandemic to name just a few recent challenges!
Don’t we all love a toolbox - whether it’s for stationery, mechanical, DIY, crafts…….? But what about a creative toolbox?
In marketing terms, a ‘hook’ grabs attention, creates interest and makes an audience receptive to your messages.
In our minds, there are two popular movies that are resonant at the moment for primary school leaders: Groundhog Day and The Sound of Music.
We know that making your environment appealing, whether at home or work, generates a sense of wellbeing and purpose. We have never been more aware of our surroundings than during this global pandemic particularly as we are all spending so much more time at home.