By Tim Brighouse

Taking a pragmatic examine how criteria in schooling could be raised, this ebook cuts via jargon to teach how rules and intentions should be translated into powerful motion that might support faculties.

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Monitoring of whole lessons, child observations or test results are all partly the responsibility of learning assistants in some of our schools. In one of our schools, reading progress is a joint responsibility of the English co-ordinator and the learning assistant deputed to give whole-school support to the work of the co-ordinator in addition to her classroom duties. Nor does it stop there. We were visited by Gerry Freiberg from Texas and our schools were enthralled by his exposition on ‘pupil leadership’ which is enabled by all teachers.

The group’s task seemed to have involved researching the first moon landing and then creating a tape ‘faction’, in this case their own series of interviews, with other pupils taking on the roles of the famous astronauts. EFFECTIVE AND IMPROVING SCHOOLS The teacher raised her hand. At the sign, the child depressed the stop button. There then followed the most persistent, almost contagiously irresistible, quick-fire questioning of the group who had created the tape to that point. Discussion of fact and opinion about possible courses of action which had led to the trip and about the trip itself bounced and flowed around the classroom and from her inspired teaching members of other groups— there had clearly been more than one group—joined in as spokespersons for their colleagues’ discoveries.

It is, after all, the one quality required above all others, as we imply in Chapter 2. It is certainly the key to staff development. Set aside a time each day for thanking people. People’s personal needs require the most sensitive thought backed by a good system to make sure the thought is translated into action. You simply cannot leave to chance that you will regularly remember to have a word with a person and thank them. One of the best leaders we know used to set aside a quarter of an hour each day specifically for the purpose of writing notes to people about things she had observed that were good or that people had told her were good.

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