I can’t take credit for Javad’s achievements, but he showed me the amazing difference we can make.
It was the last week of term. At the front of the hall, year 6 nudged each other: the speeches were over, the embarrassing photos from reception shown, now it was time for the trophies – awards for outstanding achievement were the highlight of the leavers’ assembly.
I had a ‘here-we-go-again’ feeling as the first trophies went to the usual suspects. I didn’t want to detract from these children’s achievements, but there were others who had made similar progress, and I wanted them to get some recognition too. Then I heard Javad’s* name called. He shuffled up from his place in the back row, picking his way through the chairs to whispers of, ‘Javad got it, wow Javad got it’ from his peers. ‘The trophy has been awarded to Javad for impressive reading – Javad reads everywhere,’ said our head, to a burst of applause.