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Director of School Improvement (Sec) for David Ross Education Trust - very proud to work for DRET with principled leaders who are changing lives. #proudtobeDRET
Oct 4, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
Consistency is a superpower: at @DRETnews we have a staff handbook for each school called ‘The Way’ and it helps to align staff as a team. It helps us to develop a shared language and outlines ‘how we do things around here’. Important pages: Lesson visit protocol - it’s really important when building an open door culture that we acknowledge the privilege it is to enter a classroom. So we agree how this will look and this protocol is followed by everyone including the Deputy CEO who visits schools regularly:
Sep 27, 2020 13 tweets 7 min read
Just listened to @pna1977 and thinking about leaders’ responsibilities for managing culture in schools. What should leaders explicitly do to really make a shift in their schools? (Obviously buy ‘Running The Room’ @tombennett71).
At @DRETnews we started with a focus on systems: Every system in a school should be set up to support teachers.
Consider the unintended consequences of your systems - if your system allows the return of a child to a class after they have been sent out by their teacher, you tell the class that children/others make the rules.
Jun 11, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
If you really want something to put a fire under you, I highly recommend this book. It is powerful and provocative and each chapter is charged somehow. It’s pulse-racing stuff! @researchED1
Magnificent job @ClareSealy Image Young writes ‘the most positive outcome of the last decade of reforms...is the idea that ‘access to knowledge for all’ is the primary purpose of schooling.’
‘We need to remember the scale of our task’
Jan 19, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
Thread: Uniform - explaining to parents.
It’s important that we are clear why we ‘sweat the small stuff’ over uniform so much. If we don’t, then a culture is created that we may not even be aware of but that lives and breathes in our schools: What you look like matters. We, of course, want students to wear their uniform proudly. It develops a sense of belonging which we know is so important in building communities. We know that uniform is important to parents too, and that a school where children look smart will be popular with parents.
Aug 2, 2019 5 tweets 5 min read