‘Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin’ Edition ‘2’ 26th September

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Welcome to our second edition of the ‘Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin‘ a fortnightly digest of news for middle leaders at Harrow Way Community School.  I hope this will streamline communication and help you stay up-to-date with the latest key dates, education policy, research and best practice. We would like to set up some discussion forums to discuss topical issues or get feedback.

Performance Management

Following the twilight INSET last week can you ensure that by Monday the 3rd October all reviews and new objectives are recorded in SIMs. See Caroline if you have any problems. Over the years I have been involved in many appraisal meetings and literally read hundreds of sets of appraisal documentation.  I read every one of the documents for teaching member of staff, each year, to make sure they were suitably rigorous, challenging and focussed.  A few more frustrating hours were always spent chasing up the last few returns! Please do ensure the deadlines are adhered to.

The new academic year sees a new Standard in place from the Department for Education (DfE) for all schools in England. The Standard sets out a clear description of what effective CPD looks like for teachers.

The Standard describes five key headline ideas.

  1. Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes.
  2. Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise.
  3. Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge.
  4. Professional development programmes should be sustained over time.

David Weston, the founder/CEO of the Teacher Development Trust and the chair of the U.K. Department for Education’s Teacher Professional Development Expert Group, outlines how developing great teachers can change the world.Do have a look at his Unleashing Greatness in Teachers at TEDxGrandRapids


Project Homework for Years 7 and 8.  Please can you ensure that all the deadlines as regards launch dates and hand in dates are adhered to and that the projects are also uploaded to Show My Homework.  I would ask Curriculum Leaders to check on a regular basis to see homework is being set as per the timetable and uploaded to Show My Homework.

Year 7 Projects Autumn Termyear-7

Year 8 Projects Autumn Term


Behaviour for Learning


Please ensure you have looked through the Exclusion, ECO and IER report that Katy sent out last week.  This should be discussed with your line manager and your department.

Year Leaders and Year Leader Assistants have agreed to start attachment aware training on the 11th October.

Could we ask Year Leaders to ensure you are having regular meetings with your Year Leader Assistants before case reviews, notes from previous meetings should be looked at so YLA have an opportunity to contribute to next steps.

The Bill Rogers’ video series – I watched them back-to-back earlier in my career. Oh, why hadn’t I seen these sooner!? No contest, from all the CPD I’ve ever engaged with, these videos have had by far the greatest influence on me with regard behaviour for learning.

The series titles give a flavour of the Bill Rogers approach:

Positive Correction: the basic premise that teachers and schools should adopt a non-confrontational approach to discipline, based on positive teacher-student relationships, respect for the dignity and rights of individuals, choices about consequences of behaviour and encouragement for student self-discipline.

Prevention: planning for good behaviour; teaching the routines and the rules.

Consequences: have a clear structure that students understand and use to inform the choices they make.

Repair & Rebuild: the imperative to work hard to build and repair the damage that is done when things don’t work out.

Do have a look at the Videos Bill Rogers Videos

Rita Pierson: “Build relationships with your students.”

 “We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference.” – Rita F. Pierson

Rita F. Pierson who died on June 28, 2013, at the age of 61. Her passionate and powerful speech at TED moved viewers around the US.The difference Pierson refers to is not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives. In her TED Talk, she calls on teachers to build relationships with their students, no matter how challenging that may be. “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” If you have not seen this I would advise you to disregard the rest of this blog and make this video your one takeaway moment. It’s inspiring!

Assessment folders

Please can you ensure that the Best Practice Feedback Folders are with Nicola Pearce ASAP.

Examination Analysis

Start this week please send me your analysis before the meeting.


Monitoring, Evaluation and Review (MER) Calendar 

The link below has the the Monitoring & Evaluation Calendar for 2016/17.  This indicates what Monitoring & evaluation activiites should be undertaken during the year and there are also hyperlinks to the relevant documents we would like you to use.



Progress 8

The DfE Published on Aug 30, 2016 a new video on Progress 8. It is aimed at governors and parents but worth a watch.

Progress 8 is a new measure of school performance. It replaces the previous measure of 5A*-C including English and maths, and shows how well pupils of all abilities have progressed, compared to pupils with similar academic starting points in other schools.

And finally 4 very helpful slides from Andy Buck. I read his latest book over the holiday and highly recommend it. ‘Leadership Matters: How leaders at all levels create great schools’ Andy was a geography teacher, head of year and head of department, Andy went on to become a headteacher in east London for thirteen years. In 2009 he become a Director at the National College for School Leadership, leading on the London Challenge programme. He was subsequently responsible for setting up the government’s flagship Teaching Schools programme before being appointed as Managing Director at United Learning, one of the country’s largest academy groups.

Leadership Style


Meeting Protocols

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