It seems incredible, that May 22 saw the fifth anniversary of the horrific terrorist murder of Gunner Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south London. I was the headteacher of the primary school that was literally on top of the incident. Although I didn’t share my thoughts on the effects of the incident and its aftermath on the school and surrounding community at the time, I feel it pertinent to do so now.
This is partly because the incident is still a live issue in the locality, but mainly because there is a very positive story to tell about community cohesion and resilience.
Within this I wish to highlight the fantastic work done by schools, often in very challenging circumstances to nurture their children and families in many ways. These include providing a broad and balanced curriculum, having sufficient knowledge and understanding of local cultures and, most important of all, having empathy with individuals and groups.
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