I am really proud of our CPD model this year. We have a very thorough review period in school from October to February and during this time the SLT will observe every teacher teach and review every single department in the school. We collate the lesson observation judgements of course but we place just as… Read More School Teachmeets – A vital part in Continuing Professional Development
The Google Teacher Academy is an intensive two-day training event where lucky delegates are able to experience the wonderful surroundings of a Google HQ, learn about the latest tools and techniques that Google has to offer and then, if this wasn’t enough, complete an action plan of research afterwards to gain Google Certified Teacher status.… Read More Google Teacher Academy
I have been thinking about lesson planning a lot recently, both as a process that we all need to understand more fully and as a strategy for developing teacher practise in school. This reflection started when reviewing our lesson observation feedback. We have seen all of our staff teach over the past few months and have some… Read More Expert Lesson Planning
I picked up a copy of Charles Handy’s third edition of “Understanding Organizations” from a National Trust used book sale held at Wimpole Hall, my local NT retreat we often visit with the children. It cost me the princely sum of £1.30 and is full of pencil annotations. I was hoping they would be from… Read More A prayer for leadership…..Charles Handy.
We are just past the mid point of the February half term holiday and so roughly half way through the academic year. Our school improvement journey has progressed at great speed throughout the first half of the year and our leadership team has just finished observing every single member of staff in school. This is a first for me. I have… Read More Lesson Observations and the cycle of school improvement
The aim of this article is to encourage you to reflect on your dominant leadership approach in your day to day work. Do you operate a GOTCha attitude, striving to catch colleagues not doing what they are supposed to be doing, letting the team down or acting like one of the lazy teachers Sir Michael… Read More Challenges for Senior Leadership – the dangers of a GOTcha culture.
Here is a copy of the Prezi I delivered at the first SLTeachmeet on the 6th of December. https://prezi.com/embed/8o2fbxht4_a8/?bgcolor=ffffff&lock_to_path=0&autoplay=0&autohide_ctrls=0&landing_data=bHVZZmNaNDBIWnNjdEVENDRhZDFNZGNIUE43MHdLNWpsdFJLb2ZHanI0OUVmOXZmYk05RGtuQWNWdkJRWHloRXZ3PT0&landing_sign=8ZBu57ijKaaSSo4tmNvtVfmbvlQuK0kUoPvFfZx36oU
There will be many of the sceptics out there, and I am certainly a sceptic of the so-called consultation process for the new EBC’s, who will say why bother writing anything about the proposed changes….he will not listen. Of course they are right, to a point. I am not anywhere near arrogant enough to suppose he will consider my… Read More Response to the English Baccalaureate Consultation
I knew my last DHT interview was going to be a more enjoyable experience when the head sat down with the four candidates and said that the most important thing for us to remember was to be ourselves The DHT position was his first senior appointment as a head and he wanted to make sure he appointed… Read More Job Application – Interview Stage