So, you've decided to implement a new system in school. Maybe it's a different way of reporting to parents, or a new way of assessing pupils without using grades or levels, or something really major like implementing a new MIS. Whatever it is, and no matter how large or small the project, chances are that at some point you will consult with other people to find out their views.
Posts by Terry Freedman
Many schools regard pupils’ use of social media with suspicion. However, social media, in the form of Twitter, Youtube and blogs especially, can be an excellent means of getting your message out, both to the world, and even to parents. For example, King Edward VI school in Bury-St-Edmund’s uses Twitter to get information out to parents. It publishes several updates a day.
Are parents evenings anachronistic?
You might think that every parent will open every school email. After all, it’s bound to be something that concerns the welfare of their child. But you’d be wrong. Even if people are completely committed to opening the school’s emails, they may not do so, for a number of reasons.
One of the most frustrating experiences one can have these days is trying to find an organisation’s phone number. On some websites you can chat with a person through the website, which is fine to an extent, as long as you can be sure that you’re talking to a person rather than a bot.
Now that we’re in a post-levels world, rewarding pupils’ achievement has become easier. Why? Previously, schools were concerned with whether pupils have achieved a level, almost achieved it, achieved it securely, ad nauseum — distinctions which didn’t mean very much in the first place. But now, schools can set their own criteria for determining whether or not pupils have achieved the learning goals set out in the National Curriculum.
A big problem with dealing with emergencies is that, by definition, we don’t expect them to happen, and we don’t know what they will be. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb points out in his book The Black Swan, if anyone had predicted 9/11, it wouldn’t have happened, or at least, not in the same way. Airlines would have installed non-opening bullet-proof doors to the cockpit and taken various other measures to make such an assault nigh on impossible.
According to recent research, workload is the single biggest reason that teachers leave the profession. Apart from the human cost in terms of stress, there is also the huge financial and economic cost of replacing staff:
How and why
How do you encourage parents to visit the school’s website, and why should you even want to?
Woody Allen famously observed that 80 percent of success is showing up. He was referring to the process of being selected for an acting part in a film, but it’s broadly true in life in general, and certainly school in particular.