Two events in my week struck me as signposting the importance of retaining core values at a time of change. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the last five days for me was a visit to Waddesdon Church of England School. The couple of hours that I spent in the school reinforced to me the importance of keeping true to a sense of moral purpose. My time spent with Matthew Abbott, the headteacher and meeting his colleagues and students was inspirational. The school is outstanding in every sense of the word and the sense of shared values and commitment was palpable. The way in which the school’s values permeate every aspect of its work genuinely enables students there to flourish. On an internal footing we have recently adopted a new electronic method of recording employee information and details. As with most forms of new technology, it is only as good as the information that you put into it. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that the values of the ODBE regarding how we treat and value our colleagues are retained and maintained in the new system. As our lives become increasingly mechanised it is vital that we prioritise even more our relationships and how we interact with each other as human beings.

Interactions and partnership building is at the core of the role of the Church/School Relationships Adviser whom we are seeking to appoint. This is an exciting and dynamic role that encompasses working with education institutions and the parishes. The full details can be found by clicking on this link.

We hope to have made this appointment before the end of the academic year so that the successful candidate can hit the ground running in the Autumn term.

Till next week.
Tony