What the Headteacher says about me, right, is that I sit there not saying anything, and then at the end I wham in with the sharp observation or question that shows I was taking it in all the time. This is only part of the truth, of course, and a lot less than half. Mostly it's that other people are speaking and I don't always get a chance, the other is that the less you say, the more what you do stands out. Given half a chance, I waffle on with the rest.
As I said a while ago, the governors okayed looking into the school becoming an academy. This will go back to them - us - later this month for a decision on whether to apply. Our business manager spent half term researching and working on figures, and we had a meeting (Head, Deputy, Business Manager and me) this afternoon to discuss the latest. After going through things, I said "so, what'd be good about staying as we are?"
Apparently, that focussed our minds and put it in a nutshell. Who knew? I just thought I was playing Devil's Advocate. Good book, that. Haven't read it for years. But I digress.
Then there was another meeting, with heads and chairs of other schools and our head asked me to explain what the governors were doing, and of course someone then asked what were the advantages. Ever heard me being eloquent, darlings? I know, a retiring little blossom I am, a very primrose of modesty, so it's a rarity. These are meetings where, because I know least, I say least. Not for some minutes there this evening, however.
Although, as I concluded, I do have an open mind still. The evidence points one way, and my personal inclination points the same way, but I'm clear about my reasons for both, and the balance could tip, if more evidence comes in. Anyway, it's up to the governors, not me.
I finally rolled home at 7 o'clock this evening. So I thought that the Sage deserved pancakes.