Author: careeradmin

The performance management cycle for teachers

The performance management cycle for teachers is different in each school.  Some schools now call it appraisal or reviews.  It is a process of tracking and improving performance.  In an ideal world, it should be a two-way process, with the school looking to see how the leadership can build your career, as well as challenging you to work smarter for the school.  In reality, for some, it is an onerous process that feels punitive and pressurised – made worse by the attaching of pay progression to the outcomes. The important point to remember is that this is an evidence...

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How to deal with the Ofsted inspection as a teacher

Ofsted inspections are always too big a deal for the average teacher.  The chance of being observed, even for just 20 minutes, is next to nothing.  It is pretty easy to predict if you are going to be observed too.  Is your subject below average in attainment nationally? Yes.  Well you will be a focus of the inspection.  Does your head teacher consistently categorise you as an outstanding teacher? Yes. Well then the senior team will send Ofsted in your direction. Despite the chances of getting observed being so small, you must prepare all the same.  There will be...

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How to transition from teacher to head of department

Teacher Career Progression –  The gap between classroom teacher and head of department cannot be under-estimated.  Managing people and managing change is a completely different skill-set to the one that likely drew you into teaching.  Leading children through learning is so much easier than leading teachers through education, especially at the middle tier of management where you are the deliverer of senior leadership decisions. Preparation for middle leadership needs to begin before you are appointed to the role.  You should ask for middle leader’s training and you should ask to shadow the work of a Head of Department.  From...

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Writing the perfect teacher cover letter

The perfect letter depends on the level of job you are applying for.  There is a point when you move away from what you have done in the past to what you will do when you get the job.  The turning point, the letter that is a mixture of the two, is at Head of Department, Head of Year or Head of Faculty roles.  These letters will be a mixture of your CV and how you plan to implement change. Let’s begin with the new teacher letter.  All department heads and senior leaders know that new teachers do not...

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Looking for your second teaching job

When do you move on from your first school? This is open to some hot debate.  The general advice is you should stay in your first school at least two years and that after 5 years you probably should have started looking for your second teaching job.  If you aspire for senior leadership you need to have experience of at least two different schools – preferably schools with different catchment and separate challenges. In core subjects, you can move for promotion quite early on, as there are second in department roles. The school will be looking for anywhere from...

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