Fake Headteacher: Newsletter No.25 – Consistency

Dear Staff,

Thank you for your hard work this half term. It’s been a long one for sure. Hopefully the four extra twilight sessions on reducing workload has helped.

We did identify a few areas where you could reduce workload but remember, it mustn’t affect our whole school policies on our journey to become even better than better.

For example, remember to rearrange the tables into rows, groups or in a horse shoe shape depending on what subject you are teaching. I realise it’s a faff but it’s something I can say we do to improve teaching and learning.

Remember, you must follow the strict timings set out for each maths lesson. Teacher input 15 mins, buddy work 10 mins, independent work 15 mins, mini plenary 5 mins, 10 mins buddy work, 5 mins plenary. It’s a whole school approach so stop watches will be used on learning walks to monitor.

Timings for literacy and other subjects are slightly different so ensure you check the current non-negotiables sheet in the staffroom.

We have recently introduced a scheme for guided reading and phonics and the format of lessons must be followed to the letter. I understand it might not suit how you want to teach but I am looking for a whole school approach. It’s not perfect, but it’s safer than letting you all plan your own thing.

Remember, displays must look identical. I realise it stops you being creative and but I really do need consistency across the school. I need to be 100% sure that when I show someone around, I can confidently say how the classroom environment is impacting on the learning. If you are all doing your own displays, it’s harder to talk about.

Remember, all books must look the same. We have talked at length about what I expect to see in all books. The six page checklist has been up in the staffroom for many weeks now. Make sure you are following it.

Again, it’s so much easier for me to talk about my impact on the school if all books look the same. If teachers are giving feedback in different ways, I won’t be able to explain this confidently to visitors. It will make me look bad.

Consistency is the key. It may feel dull and rather boring teaching like this, but it’s the future. Follow the rules.

You may feel the spark and magic of teaching has been sucked out of you. You’re right. It is what it is at the moment.

Once we complete our journey to even better than better, I may be able to ease off. But I doubt it.

If you are still unsure, the 257 page rule book on how to teach at my school can be downloaded as a PDF on the server. Or, you can ask my PA for a hard copy.

Mocksted is planned for the first week back after half term.

Have a lovely break. Try not to work too hard!

Fake Headteacher

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