It was off to Sir Thomas Rich’s School (STRS) (https://strschool.co.uk/), one of Gloucestershire’s grammar schools, early this morning to meet with Debbie Brake, Assistant Head Teacher and Teaching School Lead. The purpose of my visit was to share outreach opportunities, discuss my recent, local consultancy activities that have been particularly successful and consider how I might be able to support their future developments.
I think Debbie was feeling a little overwhelmed an hour and a half later! She was clearly impressed by the vast array of initiatives that I have coordinated and delivered over time, as well as the numerous contacts that I have established. She commented on the really interesting role that I have too … yes, every week is different and I could probably earn more as a full-time professional in a senior leadership position, but it is incredibly rewarding. She also made me realise just much I have achieved since freelancing and how this certainly complements any time that I spent back in the classroom in a part-time teaching capacity.
Giving up my time for ‘free’ occasionally is worthwhile when you receive an e-mail message on your return that says:
‘It was lovely to meet you today. Yes, this is very useful – thank you. I’ll be in touch after Easter.’