A really busy last 2 weeks. I would like to thank everyone for your support in dealing with the very sad news regarding Alice Razza. Her closest friends will still need our on-going support over the next few weeks.
We had a very successful Year 8 Curriculum information evening on Tuesday. This was followed by 2 days of one to one interviews with senior members of staff. Parents were very positive about the school and they were certainly very complimentory of the options process. Mark and Kim put a huge amount of work in behind the scenes and it all seems to work very smoothly.
We had a very positive SLT planning day on Saturday. It gave us a good opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved over the last 3 years and where we want to be in the next 3 years 2017-2020. I will be discussing this further at our next middle leaders meeting. We also had some good news at the end of last week, that we have achieved the big award for the work we have done on anti-bullying. I would like to thank Nicola and Rachel for all the work they have done over the last few years in developing our work in this very important area. Further details are below.
5 common strategies employed to help raise the bar in the greatest schools.
I was very fortunate during my NPQH to have Ani Magill as my mentor. Ani is Headteacher of St John the Baptist School – An Outstanding teaching school in Surrey. We looked at this 5-minute video during our SLT session on Saturday. Do have a watch as Ani Magill recalls 5 common strategies employed to help raise the bar in the greatest schools she has visited.
General Election – Education
I had two lovely emails over the weekend from parents who were able to print the questions I recommended they ask candidates who visited over the weekend. I think they really enjoyed the grilling they gave them. I have certainly enjoyed the 45minutes I had with one of the candidates over the weekend!
My blog to parents made them aware of major education issues of the moment, and their impact on Harrow Way. My hope is that they ask the candidates about these issues, find out where the different parties stand on them. The blog is below – do have a read through.
Middle leader update – timeline
Please have a look at the timeline below from Mark. We have made some changes to the meeting schedule and deadlines for department scorecards and DIPs. These changes were made to ensure the focus remains on Year 11 over the next 6 weeks. Middle leader timeline Middle Leaders
A reminder of the email Callie sent last week. Callie has some really exciting plans but she needs our full support!
EMail – I would like to draw your attention to an email I sent back in February (see below). Whilst I have had many great ideas from a lot of departments, I still haven’t heard from them all. I would really like departments to agree to a session by Friday 26th May so I can start planning the day.
Department sessions do not have to be run or organised by Heads of Departments – if you have a great idea, please let me know!
Thank you to the departments who have already got back to me: Catering, PE, Science, Geography, History, Music/Drama, ICT/DT, Film&Media, Art and the LRC.
The departments I still need to hear from are: Maths, English, MFL, Business Studies and Health and Social Care/PSHE.
This is not an optional event, every department needs to be represented – other staff not running a session will be placed as support in other sessions.
Many thanks in advance for your support with this.
25 low-cost ways to spend pupil premium and maximise impact” A really good article by John Dunford in the TES
Adopting some of these high-impact, low-cost strategies will maintain the momentum of school improvement during the funding squeeze and make a big difference where it matters most, writes one leading educationist
Nearly a third of schools are using pupil premium to plug the holes in their budget this year, according to the Sutton Trust annual survey of teachers, published on 12 April.
In 32 per cent of primary schools and 27 per cent of secondary schools the reduction in the school’s funding is being mitigated by spending some of the pupil premium on items that would previously have been paid for through the main budget.
This is bad news for the disadvantaged pupils in those schools, who are not benefitting from the additional spending. It is bad news for schools, too.