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.
To help you take on whatever challenges might come your way with confidence, we’ve rounded up our top five most popular blog posts for school leaders.
When you feel in control of your data, you feel in control of your teaching. You know what’s really important in your lessons, what’s having the most impact on your students, and what to results to expect from assessments. But if you’re as pressed for time as most teachers are, that might feel like a world away right now. The good news is that getting on top of your data is probably closer than you think.
Here’s what you need: an accurate, accessible view of the data you already have so you can chart student performance in real time. In this guide for school Head of Departments and senior faculty members, our co-founder and former teacher Brett Griffin gives you an in-depth overview of how to make use of meaningful data to improve student performance. Our goal is to get you back in the driver’s seat, so you can feel totally in control of where you, your department, and your students are headed.
We all know that tracking student progress is a must in order to get an accurate view of student outcomes... and you probably already know what you need to do in order to track pupil progress effectively. The question is: do you have a tracker (or tracking system) that allows you to do everything you need to do quickly and efficiently? Or are you spending mind-numbing hours manually inputting data into a spreadsheet that doesn’t let you use the information properly? Because we’ve been there.
The biggest benefit of a tracker is that you can use it to inform the way you teach throughout the term – not like a spreadsheet which you might only look at once or twice a year. Is it time to get yourself a tracker? In this blog, we explain exactly what your tracking system should be able to do, in order to give you the information you need at each key point during the school year.
Accurate, timely data is essential to enable and your teaching team to focus your plans and figure out where you can provide extra support to improve student performance. So many of the decisions you make will depend on good quality data from your assessments, so getting your department's assessment plan right is crucial to your students, your teachers, and – ultimately – the performance of the whole school.
Don’t fear, that’s not as daunting as it sounds! You can make some big wins and vast improvements pretty quickly with the right action, and you don’t have to overhaul your entire strategy in one go. To help make the review process as straight-forward as possible, we’ve put together this easy to follow guide to reviewing your subject assessment strategy.
Sometimes as much as we beg, plead, and implore, getting students to revise effectively for exams can feel like an uphill battle. There’ll always be students who don’t appear to have done any revision at all, and on the flip side there’ll be those who seem to be overdoing it. Helping students to adhere to ‘Goldilocks principle’ – doing just the right amount – is a tricky balance to strike.
It can be difficult to see what impact we have on the amount of revision our students complete, but there are ways we can make a difference. In this guest blog Jonny Kay, Head of English and Maths at Hartlepool College of Further Education, shares his excellent tips to make revision more engaging, and support students to revise in the right way.
Stepping up as head of your department is an exciting step in your teaching career. You’ve been recognised for the positive impact you make as a teacher and colleague, and now you’ve got the opportunity to contribute even more. This exciting new responsibility comes with it’s own challenges, so you’ll want to be equipped with everything you need to have focused conversations with your team and make a positive difference to your school.
We asked experienced department heads to share their advice for those teachers who new to their HoD role: from getting creative with resources, to giving positive feedback and establishing trust. Read this guide packed with their practical, tried-and-tested tips to step into your new leadership position with confidence.
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