Running Your First Meeting by @molin_bryan

Name: Bryan Molin
Twitter:  @molin_bryan
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Assistant Headteacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Running your first meeting

  1. Make sure the agenda and resources are out well in advance so people can prepare.
  2. Keep to time. A good meeting should not last more than one hour.
  3. Build time for feedback and discussion, but make sure all voices are heard. Involve the “silent voices” in your team.
  4. Don’t be afraid to cut a discussion short, for it to be revisited in future or in a different format.
  5. The people that are perceived as”blockers” are often good staff who provide important feedback. Listen to all points of view.

Report Writing by @basnettj

Name: Jane Basnett
Twitter:  @basnettj
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: MFL
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Report writing

  1. Before you write your first report check out some previous reports written by a colleague you trust and respect. You will get lots of ideas from them.
  2. As you mark work over the term keep notes about what students have done well and what they need to work on. An app like Idoceo will help with this.
  3. Start your reports well in advance of the deadline. They will take you longer than you expect.
  4. If it is taking you twice as long to write a particular report, leave it for a while and return to it refreshed after doing something else.
  5. A negative report will not get your students working with you. Build on the positives and make the overarching message a positive one.