When I carried out my first learning walks as Assistant Head I announced to staff that I was popping into lessons to look at the learning that was taking place not the teaching. My aim was to shift the focus of my observations from the teachers themselves onto the students to try and make lesson […]Read More Can we see learning take place?
Last week our Head received THE phone call at 8am on Monday morning. For independent schools, this means ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) will be in school that Wednesday and Thursday. Cue the panic. But why do we panic? What we do every day in our roles is great, we are effective practitioners, we get great […]Read More The Dreaded Inspection
This week’s blog is courtesy of my husband, Ben Solly, Headteacher at Uppingham Community College. The role of the modern headteacher is ever-evolving. Even with only four years’ experience of headship, I can detect a shift in the way school leaders are required to work. I have questioned whether this is simply my leadership evolving […]Read More Headteacher – does what it says on the tin?
Being on the Senior Leadership Team can be a lonely place. Don’t get me wrong, my school is an amazing place to work but I can’t deny that you get treated a little differently when you get appointed to the SLT. I’ve worked at my current school for over three years now and I would […]Read More Leadership can be a lonely place
Since becoming an Assistant Head last year and critically looking at our current ways of assessing and tracking student progress I have constantly been asking myself the questions: ‘Why are we doing this?’ and ‘Who are we doing it for?’ If the answer isn’t ‘the students’, then we have gone wrong somewhere. There have been […]Read More Who are we doing it for?
With the October half-term fast approaching I’ve begun to think about my plans for the break. I’ve already resigned myself to the fact there won’t be much time for relaxing but, more importantly for me, there will be lots of time spent with my family: I’ve already got plans for a family holiday, my dad’s […]Read More Work-life balance: can it exist for teachers?
If I had to pick the one thing I did in my first year as Assistant Head that had the most impact it would be introducing Developmental Lesson Observations. They have completely changed the way we view lesson observations at LHS and they have become a much more positive process for all involved. Here’s how it […]Read More Lesson Observations: Solly Style!