I am busily writing, writing and soon to be publishing an easy to read practical book about SEN (D) with the lovely and very knowledgeable Dr Rona Tutt using this latest guidance as the starter. Our aim of the book was to firstly support all teachers in recognising when to consider SEN but also when EAL needs stop and SEN starts. It’s quite a blurry line and many teachers just do not know where to start so this news story #SEND: ow.ly/zI4FL is a great starting point to firstly find out about the changes but also to understand what the code is expecting of teachers.
I will be writing more about the book when it is ready to be published hopefully in the next month or two… so watch this space.
So you have made it to leading your own team or have being doing so far a while and want to check what you have forgotten. (I often did that remembered 5/6 things and the sixth would just be waylaid so I had to keep refreshing myself).
It is crucial that you develop a team spirit where everyone helps everyone else to make it right that definitely doesn’t mean blaming anyone. Those working in schools with high blame culture ethos’s eventually start to fail as people are fearful of getting things wrong and let’s be fair in a day many things change and different decision have to be made out of the hundreds of different unexpected decisions that you make over a week if one is wrong then hey ho. The only thing I would say is that if that person genuinely thought they were doing the right thing and their rationale is believable then its a mistake so we all help to solve it, if not then we are looking to another route i.e. competency but this will be no surprise as you will have already noticed other things that seem out-of-place.
Here are some questions to guide you as you think about your position and leader and manager of your team.
1. How will you help to achieve constructive working relationships with pupils and staff?
2. How ill you sustain your own motivation as well as those of others?
3. How will you sue performance management to improve the effectiveness of all of your team?
4. How will you manage and co-ordinate professional development or new teacher development via INSET, mentoring, coaching, workshops and lesson observation?
5. How will you work with the SEND and or EAL coordinators?
6. What reports do you need to send to Head teacher, Senior Team, Governors, Parents, Pupils about your subjects policies, plan and priorities, subject targets and professional development plans?
As a leader you will need to ensure all of your teachers and learners receive the same curriculum to the same level using individuals skills, prior experiences and individual personality. Written like this it looks a large task but in reality it is made easier if you think about and follow your response to these questions.
How will you develop subject policies then ensure all teachers” commitment to them?
How will you ensure the above particularly in relation to high achievement and teaching and learning?
How will you maintain a positive attitude towards your subject?
What data will you need to collect? How often will it need to be collected? How should it be sued to inform policies, planning, targets and teaching methods.
How will you establish short, medium and long-term subject development plans? How will you ensure that:-they contribute to the whole schools aims, that they are based on pupil performance data, identify targets for improvement within your subject and then most importantly ensure that they are understood by everyone involved, parents included.
How will you monitor progress made in achieving your subjects development plan and targets?