This week has been an important one, in that the G7 has been taking place in Cornwall. I think it is rather wonderful that the leaders of the wealthiest democracies in the world have come to the ‘British Seaside’ and negotiated the tiny twisty lanes of our West Country. I heard that St. Ives, which doesn’t even have a police station, is now host to 6000 police!
Similarly this week, Talbot Heath has hosted the GSA Heads’ Summer Conference. This is the Girls’ School Association and Mrs Holloway and I took the visiting Heads for a meal on the beach, negotiating our way through the early evening crowds of Bournemouth Seafront.
In no way do I equate the two events, but they do beg the questions; what is the point of these conferences? Isn’t it just a lot of talking and no real action?
I can’t comment on the G7, but our membership of the Girls’ School Association is enormously valuable. Yes, there is a lot of talking, but it has provided me with the opportunity to set up a collaborative project with other schools, which I know our pupils will enjoy.
The conversations and interactions I have shared with other Junior and Senior Headteachers has reminded me that we all have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.
I hope this the members of the G7 remember this as they talk and make decisions that will affect us all.
Wishing you all a good, sunny week.