I’m quite a simple person at heart, anything too complicated and I just get distracted. As an outdoor instructor, we stuck to a basic patters: plan, do, review. This simple system worked well in the high stakes world of mountains: get it wrong and people can get seriously injured or die. Of course, there are many subtleties and tweaks, but improvement, leadership ad teaching are very simple at the core.
I may be completely missing the point (highly probable) but, after a run in the rain, here’s what I think:
- How to teach Year 3 reading.
- How to reduce the number of persistently absent students.
- Adapting the curriculum in response to the removal of Controlled Assessment.
- Accelerating the progress of all Pupil Premium students.
- Gaining a Deputy Headship.
- Getting Science away from being Sig- on RAISE.
- Supporting staff to teach better through a better behaviour management policy.
- Attendance Data
- The number of report cards being issued to Year 6
- Moderated end of term assessments in Year 10 show a gap between boys and girls
- Homework isn’t handed in
- Staff sickness is increasing
- Controlled Assessment is not complete
- Evidence that students have understood key knowledge, skills and understanding
- External examination results and RAISE
- Conversations with teachers – sometime anecdotes are fantastic evidence of and for change – just because you can’t measure it doesn’t mean it’s not important.
- Parental complaints or contact
- Marking books