The end of term for me is filled with hours and hours of report reading. This half-term alone, I have proofread three year groups worth of reports. On the one hand, I enjoy reading through them and getting to know each student and how they are performing in each subject, but on the other hand, I can’t help but think about all of the other things I could be doing, things which could be more productive and be having a greater impact for the SchoolRead More sChool reports: what is the best way forward?
We should never underestimate the impact that we as teachers have on our students. I know I would not be doing what I am today without the support and guidance of when teachers when I was in school, particularly the PE department.Read More The Lasting impact of teachers
I am currently in the process of introducing a new system for determining the effectiveness of teaching in our school. I want to ensure that we are able to come to the most accurate judgement possible about what we are doing in the classroom and how this impact on our students’ outcomes. Having thought a […]Read More Determining the effectiveness of teaching
Whilst creating my new CPD programme which launched in School this September, I also looked at how effective our Professional Management system was, how our INSET budget was spent and how all of this feeds into the School Development Plan. What I found was that all of these things kind of ran independently of each […]Read More Creating strategic alignment
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?