Fred is await­ing the judge­ment of the school in­spec­tors

EDP Norfolk - - Education -

LAST month I men­tioned the im­por­tance of thinkers, do­ers and dream­ers, which might seem a lit­tle floppy from a leader of a school where we are judged wholly and ul­ti­mately on re­sults and judge­ments – the num­ber of schol­ar­ships and suc­cesses achieved is run­ning at a record­break­ing 65% this year.

As I write a yet more im­por­tant judge­ment is upon us in the shape of the in­de­pen­dent schools’ in­spec­torate, whose re­port will be pub­lished by the time you are read­ing this.

The as­sump­tion is that de­layed grat­i­fi­ca­tion – of­ten un­der­val­ued in a world where we ex­pect to wait for scarcely any­thing – is a sweet sen­sa­tion. Join me in find­ing out, as you read the re­port when it comes out.

To join these two threads is my main pur­pose this month: that is, to cham­pion the thinkers and the dream­ers be­cause, in the bus­tle of to­day’s life, tak­ing stock; hav­ing the chance to re­flect on what has just hap­pened, or might be go­ing to hap­pen, is much harder.

I read re­cently ‘how ev­ery­thing hap­pens fast now but noth­ing ac­tu­ally hap­pens’ such that ‘we are hit by wave af­ter wave [of break­ing vis­ual news] but never see the ocean.’

With­out giv­ing the game away, Bee­ston was praised for al­low­ing chil­dren to walk on the beach in the even­ing; this ca­pac­ity to cre­ate our own in­ter­nal can­vas rather than sim­ply ab­sorb oth­ers’ (on Pinterest, What­sapp or In­sta­gram – what­ever is on that 15” screen) is part of the vi­tal busi­ness of re­flec­tion and recharg­ing.

This is, quite lit­er­ally, think­ing ‘out­side the box’ – a skill in­creas­ingly in de­mand in to­mor­row’s world.

Fred de Falbe, head­mas­ter at Bee­ston Hall School, West Run­ton bee­ston­ 01263 837324

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