So here’s the thing. In January I left the world of education and took a leap of faith into the unknown. I moved to the charity sector to head up an animal welfare charity. Six months on and I’ve realised that I left my heart behind, packed up in a cardboard box along with the tools and trinkets of 15 years in education.
Try as I might, I’ve never been able to truly step away; from following the educational debates on social media, reading ed blogs and articles, and supporting and interacting with the army of friends and professional colleagues I’ve grown to know, respect and befriend on Twitter and in real life. I miss the people, I miss the structures, I miss the accountability, I miss the governance, heck I even miss the slightly odd smell.
So the long and the short of it is this; I’ve taken the difficult decision to step away from a position that was making me unhappy and head back into the world I know and love. I will always be passionate about animal welfare, but I’m even more passionate about people - people who lead and deliver education, people who support and cherish education and the young people whom education serves.
It was a brave decision to step away from my old life, but I believe it is an even braver one to step away from the wrong one. No scandal, it just didn’t work out.
So I’m back, and I’m looking for my next challenge. I’ll be blogging and doing some consultancy in the meantime, so if you’re interested in working with me, give me a shout. I’ve switched my twitter handle back to @sbl365 and I’m raring to go.
There's no place like home.