Name: Heather Leatt
Twitter name: @heatherleatt
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Senior LA Adviser
What is your advice about? Planning and teaching
1: Keep on top of planning. Make time to do it properly.
2: Don’t worry if a lesson plan doesn’t work or goes awry. Reflect on why this happened, chat it over with a colleague and makes changes for next time.
3: Run ideas past someone else or do some collaborative planning if you’re struggling with a topic. Asking advice can save you from reinventing the wheel!
4: Plan backwards; start with being clear about what you want the pupils to have learnt by the end of the lesson and then plan how you’ll get them there.
5: Don’t be afraid to deviate from the plan if it’s not working with the class. No need to follow a plan slavishly if it’s clearly out of step with pupils’ needs.