The Headteacher: Resolute on resolutions

Gavin Chappell is the headteacher at The Market Weighton School
Gavin Chappell is the headteacher at The Market Weighton School

Schools are good places for New Year’s resolutions, perfect for it in fact. After all we welcome the students back after a break so it is an opportune moment as we start a new term, as well as a new year, to ask students to reflect upon how they can better themselves in the year ahead. Make a fresh start.

It is of course a noble endeavour, why wouldn’t we want students: to spend more time doing their homework; aiming to get better grades; trying to help other people more; to practice football or playing the cello (if we can persuade them to make such things the target of their resolution as opposed to winning the Champions’ League on the PSP or becoming famous)

As adults however we will all be well aware that, well-intentioned as they might be, there is often an emptiness contained within many of these promises to oneself. Indeed, our promises to eat more healthily, drink less, be less profane, go to the gym, read more books, etc will often be long broken before our children step foot back in school in early January.

Read Gavin’s full column in this week’s (1 January) people’s paper.