Harrow Way Middle Leader Bulletin Edition ‘1’ 11th September 2017

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Last year we launched our Harrow Way Middle Leaders Bulletin for Curriculum Leaders, Year Leaders, Lead Practitioners. This is produced every 2 weeks and is a digest of news for middle leaders at Harrow Way. The idea is to streamline communication and help you stay up-to-date with the latest key dates, education policy, research and best practice.  This year 2017/2018, we would like to set up some discussion forums in google drive to discuss topical issues or get feedback on certain areas of school improvement. Watch this space!


Start of Term

Thank you to everyone for your hard work during the first week back.  The term seems to have got off in a very positive way.  Please ensure that everyone in your department is meeting and greeting at the door and following our checklist for what to do before, during and at the end of the lesson. We also need to make sure all year 7 groups are following our classroom voices and new procedures.

In my individual summer coaching session with Maureen Bowes we discussed the equation performance = potential – interference that was created by Timothy Gallwey as a simple reminder that to improve performance, you need to realise (individual /team /organisational) potential and minimise or prevent whatever is getting in the way of that potential.

Here are 10 review questions based on Timothy Gallwey’s formula for achieving your potential in 2017. Can we all individually reflect on these for our first agenda item?


When you reflect on 2016/17:

  • What are you proud of?
  • What are your accomplishments?
  • What risks did you take?


  • What were your low points?
  • What were your disappointments?
  • What did you shy away from or avoid?

Improving performance

  • What’s your main learning from this?
  • How can you turn that into your potential for 2017/18?
  • What small steps will you take to start?
  • What encouraging message could you use to keep yourself going on this throughout 2017/18?

These questions are great for a self development review at the start of a new academic year, and they’re just as valuable for your personal development at any time of year.

Middle Leaders Handbook 2017- 2018 and Monitoring, Evaluation and Review (MER) Calendar 2017- 2018

Middle Leaders Handbook 17-18  Monitoring and Evaluation Calendar is located at the back of the handbook

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Examination results and Department Scorecards

Nicola will be sending out the proformas to complete for your examination analysis. This will be very similar to last year. Helen will also be sending out the dates for these meetings. In subjects where outcomes were well below expectations and/or national averages a Rapid Improvement Plan will need to be put in place over the next two weeks. This should be done in consultation with your SLT Line Manager. There is a template that will be sent to the relevant department to support you with this process.

‘No GAPs, No Dips, No Excuses’

I mentioned in my blog in October 2016 that for the class of 2017 there was little difference on entry between girls and boys (using KS2 average points scores) but we can already see with predicted Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores in SISRA, that the girls are significantly out performing the boys. I asked all departments to reflect on the current performance of  Year 11 boys in your subject area?

This was a focus for us this year and I was delighted to in many of our whole school measures boys outperformed the girls! A fantastic achievement for the school.

Whole School Results

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3 Year Strategic Plan

Below is a link to our new 3 Year Strategic Plan – I will be going through this is more detail over the coming weeks but please could you spend some time going through this.  HW 3 YearPlan

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Our Core Purpose!

At Harrow Way Community
 School, we have a simple ambition:
 to be the finest secondary school for miles
around. By this we mean that all our students
 will receive a better education at Harrow Way than they would at any other local establishment. We want Harrow Way students to leave us with:

  • Better qualifications than they would achieve in any other school.
  • The skills and attributes needed to live and work in tomorrow’s global society.
  • The values and morals to be good citizens.

We believe that great schools never stand still and strive at all times to excel in every area of its performance, for the benefit of all our young people and other stakeholders. We would 
like outcomes in 2020 to place us in the 
‘Top 5%-20%’ of schools nationally.

Year 7 Classroom Voices, Department Planning and Feedback

On Monday 11th September we have our first departmental planning meeting. Caroline will be leading the first 15 minutes and sharing best practice for collaborative planning. Can we please meet promptly at 3.10pm in the Auditorium? Caroline’s slides from her presentation on Monday are also attached as a reminder  INSET

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SMHW Homework and Seating Plans.  

Please could Curriculum Leaders check on a regular basis to see homework is being set as per the timetable and uploaded to Show My Homework. Kevin Peebles will be sending regular reports to Curriculum Leaders to support you with this. Can we also ensure all seating plans are in place.

METAL (Monitoring and Evaluation of Teaching, Assessment & Learning)

Caroline Lowing will be leading on all METALs this year. Caroline will be liaising with the appropriate Middle Leaders over the next week to confirm exact dates and publish these accordingly. As a reminder, given that the Areas for Development are agreed with the Curriculum Leader, it is very difficult to judge Leadership and Management as at least good if there has not been progress made on the Areas for Development in the previous METAL.


Performance Management



Wednesday 20th September will be our twilight INSET. Caroline will be sending out details towards the end of next week. 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, last 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.

Last academic year a new Standard was put 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

Thank you


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