Lucy Flower is a secondary music teacher from Leeds having stepped down from SLT following her return from maternity leave. Lucy is a regional advocate for WomenEd and the MTPT Project, and believes passionately in the power of ethical leadership. Lucy tweets and blogs about leadership and parenthood, and can be found on twitter @MrsLFlower, on her blog at www.thehappyleader.wordpress.
As school leaders grapple with the near impossible mission to start bringing more students into schools from 1st June, there are hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils thinking anxiously about their move to secondary school.
When Boris Johnson announced the lockdown at 8pm on Monday 23rd March, I wept. I was relieved to know that I wouldn’t go home after a busy day of teaching 150 different children feeling terrified at the possibility of bringing death into my home. But after suffering from postnatal depression last year following the birth of my first child, I was shaken with the dawning familiarity of feeling trapped and isolated. The prospect of being confined within my home with my needs coming far below those of my child, husband and students, left me panicked.