Happy New Year 2015! – 10 planning questions to ask every (Teacher, Curriculum/Year Leader) at HWCS

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So, a new calendar year is now upon us and although we are only a third of the way through the academic year, it still feels like a time to reflect on how things are going. I have adapted a blog I read over the holidays with 10 planning questions for Teachers, Curriculum/Year Leaders at HWCS, to consider at the start of 2015!

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‘I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.’

– Henry Moore

10 planning questions to ask every teacher at HWCS with links to @teachertoolkit resources:

  • Am I achieving at least 3 levels of progress (expected progress) for each child that I teach in Year 10 and Year 11? (see SISRA and Nicola’s target setting document) How many ‘more than’ than the expected progress?
  • What resources could you create; adapt and refine?
  • What displays could you update?
  • Is it time for a classroom spring-clean?
  • Are there any colleagues you would like to observe?
  • Could you use ‘gain-time’ to invite colleagues in to observe you?
  • How could you improve your marking for the schemes you deliver next year?
  • Could you use the opportunity to plan for smarter marking and reduce time spent giving meaningless feedback?
  • Why should you review your own staff development needs? What will improve your practice in the classroom? How will you do this?
  • What would be your next career step? Have you taken the time out to reflect on this yourself? With a colleague? With a critical friend?

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10 questions to ask every Curriculum-Leader at HWCS:

  • From Pred 1/Pred 4 what is the current position with Year 10 and Year 11?
  • From Mark’s Autumn term teaching and learning report and your monitoring and evaluation report – What are the key areas for improvement in your department?
  • Who are the key students that your department must see at the forthcoming parents evening?
  • Will you be reviewing your curriculum plans/offer for each year group/key stage?
  • What schemes of work are currently being monitored, evaluated, reviewed? And by who?
  • Can you use the spring term to complete peer observations with colleagues in your department?
  • How could you improve your own teaching? What needs refining?
  • What leadership skills are on your personal development plan? Have you considered a 360-review? I would recommend all Middle Leaders complete this in the Spring term. Have you discussed this with your line manager? Contact nicola.pearce@harrowway.hants.sch.uk
  • On the surface, how does your department appear? Time to update corridor displays?
  • What do students say? Is this the time to gather student views about what is going well / even better if in your department?

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10 questions to ask every Year leader at HWCS:

  • From Mark’s Autumn term teaching and learning report and your monitoring and evaluation report – What are the key areas for improvement in your year group?
  • Have you revisited the latest data from your year group? Have you looked at the data for: Gender? Ethnicity? Effort/Attitude?/ Disadvantaged?/ Progress? Support? Achievement? Do you know ‘every’ child?
  • What is attendance like for your year group? What is the attendance like of vulnerable groups compared to the national average?
  • What interventions are needed for students who are underperforming?
  • The ethos of your year group: what values need revisiting, to re-align with the school’s vision?
  • What were your parents evening attendance figures this year? What can you do to target the hard-to-reach?
  • When will you have your next year council meeting? How will you feedback to staff / students?
  • Are you fully up to date with your own safeguarding procedures and latest guidance? Are your tutors?
  • What year group rewards/celebrations do you have planned? What could be improved? How could you communicate more information and further afield?
  • And the parents: Have you met every single family? Or at least, have you have spoken to individual families on the phone?

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