Data Review – Leading a Department 6 (Termly)

Introduction

This is our sixth part of the #LAD blogs, looking at some key ideas, thoughts and/or systems that might be of use to a department lead. This week looks, for the first time, at a termly consideration – how to best analyse termly data, such as end of unit tests of possibly mock exams. I share some of the thoughts, ideas with planning this yearly event.

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Get The Exam Board In – Leading a Department 5 (Annual)

Introduction

This is our fifth part of the #LAD blogs, looking at some key ideas, thoughts and/or systems that might be of use to a department lead. This week looks at another annual consideration – one of the areas that once we had discovered and discussed it we make it an annual event every year, getting experts in the exam/specification into our school. I share some of the thoughts, ideas with planning this yearly event.

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Primary Transition Days – Leading a Department 4 (Annual)

Introduction

This is our fourth part of the #LAD blogs, looking at some key ideas, thoughts and/or systems that might be of use to a department lead. This week looks at another annual consideration – maybe one that you might see as the most important, your ‘recruitment’ of primary pupils (and parents). I share some of the thoughts, ideas and mistakes I have made along the way with planning this yearly event,

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Parents’ Evenings – Leading a Department 3 (Annual)

Introduction

This is our third part of the #LAD blogs, looking at some key ideas, thoughts and/or systems that might be of use to a department lead. This weeks looks at another annual consideration – your curriculum. This topic, parents’ evening has quite a bit of flexibility in terms of how often your schools run them, for which year groups and so on. Within this article are some considerations when it comes to planning an event from the department perspective, key questions to ask of you and the staff as well as you can support those newer to the profession.

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Curriculum Health Check – Leading a Department 2 (Annual)

Introduction

This is our second instalment of the #LAD blogs, looking at some key ideas, thoughts and/or systems that might be of use to a department lead. This weeks looks at another annual consideration – your curriculum. In reality the curriculum is probably something you want to discuss with your leads multiple times throughout the year or at least comment on with a view to amend at some point prior to the new school year.

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Exam Analysis – Leading a Department 1 (Annual)

An introduction

I have been teaching for ten years. In the grand scheme of things, not very long at all. I work with and talk to those who are into their third decade and whose experience far outweighs mine. It is these interactions, seeing great practice in others, being challenged by strong leaders that I feel has allowed me to pick up so much of what has worked within our educational setting, and obviously within my subject area – secondary science.

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