It seems only appropriate to mention our School Motto when introducing myself, as Oakham’s new Headmaster, in this Forum. Et quasi cursores vitai lampada tradunt – And like runners, they pass on the torch of life – derives from the Roman poet Lucretius, and in the previous line he speaks of the cycles of life changing in a short time. How relevant this sentiment remains to this day, especially when one of our goals as educators is to prepare children to grow, flourish and learn in an ever-changing world. The ability and desire to keep learning has never been more important and so too, therefore, the tools to help us do this. The Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning (FOSIL) can provide this not only whilst children are learning in school, but also as a guide and framework to their future learning in the world beyond. This, again, is particularly important at the moment when information is becoming overwhelming and confusing – so it is vital that all pupils know how to ask the right questions and seek the truth, rather than simply wish for the right answer.
Sharing knowledge, sharing ideas and sharing resources has always been at the heart of education (again, passing on the torch) and so I am delighted to witness the collaborative power of The FOSIL Group working towards providing all pupils with the opportunities and resources to learn how to find things out for themselves. I look forward to watching The FOSIL Group’s progress over the coming months and years ahead in this important challenge.