Taking on a leadership role in a school is a big responsibility, and there’s so much opportunity for it to be incredibly rewarding. Even if you’ve been in the role for a while, every term and every new student intake will bring fresh challenges.
Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’ve already got a few years’ teaching under your belt, you’re here because you know how rewarding a career in education can be. We know better than anyone that education can also be a turbulent industry, full of unexpected bumps in the road and tricky-to-navigate experiences.
We recently sat down with Patrick Allen, Deputy Head of Education at Feltham Young Offenders Institute to find out why he chose to work with Pupil Progress. You can read his answers below, and find out more about what Pupil Progress can do for you here.
We had a chat to Mrs J McDonald from Ashcroft High School to ask a few questions to find out why she chose to work with Pupil Progress. You can read her answers below, and find out more about what Pupil Progress can do for you here.
We caught up with one of our customers, Liam Durr from Chastmore Catholic High School, to ask a few questions about why he chose to use Pupil Progress. You can read his answers below, and find out more about what Pupil Progress can do for you here.
We caught up with Carole Dean from Stonehenge School to ask a few questions to find out why she chose to use Pupil Progress. You can read her answers below, and find out more about what Pupil Progress can do for you here.
As Head of Department you’re already juggling a team of teachers, several classes of students and pressure from above – getting to grips with your data might feel like a time-intensive, stressful, tedious task on an endless to-do list. We’ve been there.
In this blog post about the advantages of using a tracker over a spreadsheet, I discussed the stress and anxiety I experienced as a teacher when I didn’t have a tracking system that allowed me to easily see the big picture, to drill down into the details, and to think and plan strategically to improve student outcomes. I know there are still teachers in the same place as I was, living in fear of the unknown when it comes to the summer exam series and how their students are performing in relation to school targets.
Whether we like it or not, we’ve moved to a new age in teaching where accountability has cranked up a notch... or seven! Teacher stress and anxiety related to attainment targets is well-documented and keenly felt across the country. Believe me, I’ve been there: Head Teacher in front of me, Vice Principal to my right, Chair of Governors to my left, Reservoir Dogs soundtrack playing in my head, being subtly reminded that I’m currently only on a one year contract. Then, leaving the meeting to have four million things running through my brain as to how we can’t have the same thing happen again with the current Year 11 cohort, and then the whole cycle of stress beginning just two days into the new school term.
The new Ofsted framework has again sparked debate and heated discussion, but on the whole teachers are considering it to be a step in the right direction. It focuses on delivering a meaningful curriculum and encourages the use of meaningful data when tracking and monitoring progress.