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!
‘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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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?
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?