Staffrm Transfer 8 – Stop Talking and Listen, Change is Gonna Come, I’m a Survivor, Be Amazing, Happy New Year.

Sometimes we need to stop talking and listen.

Lena Carter · 1 year ago

I have blogged and said a lot over the last year.

I have decided to pare it back a bit and do more listening and watching. Because although I hope that what I write and say contains some elements of originality and inspiration, I think I need to go back to finding inspiration and re-assurance in the words of others.

I need to find time for the words of songs, literature and poetry, rather than making more new words and re-investing the wheel.

This really resonated with me yesterday:…

I love the idea of a curriculum built around wellbeing and stories and literature that give important life lessons.

Last week I watched Arthur Christmas with my son. A literary great? No. But an amazing tale of love, passion and why we have to fight for every child.

The stories are there, based on hundreds of thousands of years of human experience. But we need to take time to find and hear them.

Change is gonna come.


Lena Carter · 1 year ago

We are at a time of great change in our school community. Some endings, some beginnings and some inevitable uncertainty.

Change is part of life. Some changes come unexpectedly and others are changes that we bring about ourselves.

Some of us will thrive on change. Others will find it unsettling, worrying, challenging.

Let’s remember that and watch out for one another. Let’s not be critical, judgmental or expect everyone to respond in the same


If a storm is raging around us, we can all feel re-assured if we know that we can rely on the support and kindness of others.

A few words from people wiser than me:

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

Lao Tzu

“You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past

The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.”

Jay Asher. Thirteen Reasons Why.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

Paul Coelho

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.”


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

I’m a survivor.


Lena Carter · 1 year ago

I have survived.

A week ago I was DHT pupil support in my school.

On Monday I began as Acting Head of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). And I carried on being DHT pupil support.

I quickly learnt about staff cover. I have personally covered 10 classes.

I have been decisive and spoken of a desire for high expectations and for every child to find their amazingness.

I have created a new whole school calendar.

I have been out on duty a lot and tackled unacceptable behaviour.

I have participated in the school concert and directed a short nativity involving second years.

I have bitten my tongue a lot.

I have apologised an awful lot.

I have not slept much.

I have asked for help and received it in bucketfuls.

I am exhausted, exhilarated and hungry for more. I am also just a little bit terrified.

I know that I can’t do it all at once and that my Achilles Heel will be in trying to.

I need to remember the people who need me back here at home as well as the ones at school.

And I need to remember myself.

I am grateful and blessed.

Be amazing.


Lena Carter · 1 year ago

So the contract has arrived and it is official. I am acting Head of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) at my school until June.

This was my address to our whole school Christmas assembly today:

Over the past weeks and months, I have experienced and heard about some amazing things in this school.

• Amazing work going on in classrooms and a real commitment to learning and achieving the best.

• Amazing music and drama performances in the school concert and at other events in school and the community.

• Amazing results by our pupils in the maths challenge.

• Amazing sportsmanship and skill at sports events and tournaments.

• Amazing behaviour and representation of our school on trips such as the Manchester football weekend and the Outward Bound residential.

• Amazing demonstrations of friendship and support for one another in the difficult times.

• Amazing dedication from staff in this school both in and outside of classrooms

• An Amazing Snow Ball last night.

I could go on but I don’t have much voice left. So I will say this:

Christmas and the New Year is an opportunity to stop and reflect. To look at where we have been over the last year, to reflect on our successes and mistakes and to decide where we want to go next year. Every single one of you was born with the potential to be amazing at something. Take some time over the holidays to think about what you will be amazing at in 2017 so that when you come back, we can help you work towards it. Happy holidays, stay safe and see you next year.


Happy New Year


Lena Carter · 11 months ago

This week I wrote my end of year Wellbeing update.

I just love @staffrm‍

I love that I can come here to feel inspired, validated, informed and supported.

That’s it.

Thank you ALL for making it so.

Happy New Year.

That feeling.


Lena Carter · 11 months ago

So, I have that feeling.

Back to school on Monday and I feel a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

And although I know that ‘it’s normal’ and ‘all teachers get it’, for me it can be debilitating. It could, potentially ruin the last three days of my holiday by making me irritable with the ones I love, sleepless and physically unwell.

So I am fighting it.

It tells me that I can’t do all the things I have to do in my new role and that I should never have thought I could.

But I am telling it that I can. In 2010 I went back in January to a new promoted post for which I was far less prepared and qualified and I did a good job.

It tells me that I will never be able to implement the things I want to in my school. But I am telling it that I will. I have already worked with others to make significant changes and can do more. It won’t be easy and I will need to stay true to our school values and my vision…. But having support from my virtual clan and being provided with videos like this to watch (via Suzanne Zeedyk) will keep me focused:…

It tells me that I should have done more work in the holidays to get ahead.

I am telling it that I needed time off. To give attention and love to my friends and family. To fill my reserves. To get over niggling health issues. There would have been work to fill a hundred weeks of holiday but I need to work smarter, not longer.

It tells me that I can’t write a school timetable, my major task in the months ahead.

And I agree that I can’t. Not yet. I have done some training but need more. And I will need to ask others for help…. Which is very hard for me. But I know that I must.

So, I will do a few hours of work today and on Sunday. But I will also make sure that I watch some of the family films we recorded over the holiday. I will #exercisegently, #connect and #notice.

And I will finish my book, the Goldfinch.

And when the feeling comes back, as it inevitably will, I will remember the story of the King and the Ring (find a version here:…), know that “this too will pass” and take a deep breath in and out to help it on its way quicker.


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