The home of Richard Jones, school senior leader with expertise in teacher development, leader development, coaching, curriculum development and behaviour.
Teaching is my passion.
Recently, after a decade of teaching, I have come out of the classroom as a non-teaching Deputy Head of a two-form entry Islamic school in inner city Derby. A completely new challenge. One that I’m relishing.
After just 22 days in the job, we had “The Call”…The call no one wants in the second summer half term – Ofsted. A full Section 5 inspection. 22 days in! All I can say is that it proved a baptism of fire, but gave me and the new Head Teacher (also on day 22!) a great baseline for our future improvement.
As we embark on our new journey together, along with a team of dedicated teachers and TAs, I need somewhere to collect my thoughts and in the spirit of sharing, a blog seems the perfect place.
I am a designated Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for:
- Curriculum development
- Behaviour and attendance
- Teaching and learning
- Professional development and training
So these seem the natural choices for my blog categories.
- To support teachers at all stages of their career, but particularly Early Career Teachers.
- To share expertise and skills within the sector and beyond, creating a supporting and collegial industry.
- To support school leaders in ensuring their children get a “good deal”.
- To contribute to a self-improving system of professional development that all colleagues can access and benefit from.
Assistant Headteacher: Again, working in an inner city school, this time in Nottingham, with a 65% Pupil Premium eligibility, I was responsible for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, Pupil Premium, KS2 and a Year 6 class teacher.
Key Stage Leader: Same school. Different role.
Curriculum Leader: My passion has always been for teaching and learning development and giving children the best learning experiences possible. In my role as Curriculum Leader, I completed my SLE application and now support schools in developing their curriculum.
Teaching and Learning Leader: This role was the hardest of my career. Having been judged as consistently “outstanding” in the first three years of my career, I found it particularly challenging to be told my teaching “required improvement”. Teaching and learning in the primary phase was different; although I’d done a “converting to primary” Graduate Certificate, I didn’t tell me – a secondary drama teacher – how to teach equivalent fractions to a class of year 4 learners! I had a lot to learn, and quickly. My professional development was rapid.
Head of Drama and Performing Arts: Yes, that’s right, I started my teaching career in the secondary phase. I loved it! Performing Arts is a vehicle for so many different learning outcomes and provides children – of all ages – with some many opportunities. The first three years of my career were fantastic. Working in a small South Wales comprehensive school presented its own challenges: a falling roll and a potential deficit budget meant that cuts needed to be made and where first? Performing Arts. Having only taught for three years, I didn’t want to work part time – so the job hunting began.
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