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Limit Appraisal And Max Professional Development #ThursdayThunk

Most teachers’ appraisal objectives boil down to get some decent results and look to improve your teaching; we’re going to consult on setting these for all teachers, via the policy, as stated below.  Now with that done we can focus our time and efforts on helping everyone teach that little bit better. Continue reading


Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast So Build Great Teaching Cultures

As weeks go this one has been a pretty damn good one.  Returning after a decent rest from February half term, I’m arriving at work in the light and on some evenings also set off home in the light.  The long winter haul of driving in the dark seems to be over.  Throw in an INSET day with the Family of Blackpool Catholic Schools and the inspirational John Tomsett key noting; spring, if not quite in the air, seems only around the corner. Continue reading

Appraisal: Best Use of Your Time? #SaturdayThunk

It’s that time of the year again when teachers dust off their appraisal or performance management documentation and review how things went then set new objectives.  I wonder how many teachers actually look at last year’s objectives with a degree of surprise or consternation thinking, “What was I thinking when I agreed these” or possibly, “I don’t remember setting these.” Continue reading

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