Plus ça change (as they say in France)
There is a lot of paper coming out of those files, folders, ring binders and cupboards, and very little of it is going back in. Some of it pre-dates me as Headteacher (I started at Lydgate Junior School in April 2013) by a considerable stretch – you never know when you might get asked for a look at an old document, do you?
(I do occasionally get asked for a personal data disclosure - subject access request – or for old planning documents.)
One of the things that has struck me is how little education’s ways of working have actually changed in that time. So far, I have found:
- Pupil target sheets – we do this still, by individual and class and year group
- One to one tuition profiles – we are about to start one to one sessions in November
- Subject curriculum plans – just as Ofsted are wanting schools to have in their latest Inspection framework
- Briefings on gas price increases and local authority tendering – only the price has changed
- Teacher standards – same name, different colour and format
- Planning for interviews – as we do when we need to
- Premises improvement plans and ‘snagging’ – tell me about it!
- Pupil progress discussions – ours are planned in (focussed on writing)
- Recorded discussions on the behaviour policy – ours is sitting on my desk, ready to launch a review and consultation
- Books on classroom behaviour management – eagerly taken by a trainee colleague
We are moving towards the digital perfection, and hope to reduce paper records considerably this year.
I wonder what we can do with the floor space under the empty cupboards I’ll be creating?
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