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I was delighted to have been invited on to the Question and Answer Panel that opened the Independent Education Live Conference earlier this week. On the panel with me were Nina Gunson, Sheffield High School for Girls, Joe Anderson, Bury Grammar School and Millan Sachania from Streatham and Clapham High School.

The Q&A covered a wide range of educational topics such as lockdown, remote learning, public examinations and mental health. What was clear from the discussion was that as schools we learnt a lot of things during the period of lockdown and remote learning and I believe that schools are much stronger for it. I really hope that we don’t have to go into another lockdown where schools are closed but after everything that we learned through the summer term I feel that we would be able to approach any new restrictions with confidence.

I don’t think that any of us can look back at 2020 and say that this has been a great year but without a doubt there are definitely lots of positive things that have come out of this pandemic. Whether we are a school leader, teacher, a member of the support staff, we have all had a learning curve that has been much steeper than at any other time in our professions. However, I think we (parents, teachers, pupils and colleagues from other schools) really did feel that we were all in it together. It has been a huge challenge but one which has united all of us. One of the real tangibles is that Sherborne House staff and parents were absolutely incredible at working together and supporting each other. I can't say how proud I am of everybody in the Sherborne House community.

Mark Beach