What was interesting this year was that governors have taken seriously the need for some deeper theological and reflective thinking on our nature as a school, and how this might impact on other schools that need a more secure understanding of their mission. In addition, over the week I have received some encouragement both from Tom Wright and Trevor Cooling to push forward in the direction of the last post I wrote at the end of September. I have arranged to meet with Trevor in late November, and this serves as a kind of deadline for me to put together a research proposal for myself that will challenge me to set out a program for reading, reflecting and writing. The appraisal target talks about extending the work of this blog, so it is likely that I will have to trawl through much of what I have written to see if it still fits what I have come to believe.
An approach that I favour might be one that posits a range of questions that I then keep at the forefront of everything I do as a school leader over the year, and then evaluate or answer the questions in terms of what has been learnt. I have proven to myself that I am not someone who can go off for 2 week’s sabbatical and come up with a paper ready for publication. Theological and philosophical work is, I think, much more iterative than that, especially when I have a day job that takes up more time than it should anyway. And of course, there have been enough reference points and contextual discussions in the blog so far for me to make the first steps along the path.
I will be looking for fellow-travellers, by the way.