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The Fast Lane

Life in the fast lane! CC image by fishtail @ Flickr.com

No post in several months. Certainly not down to having nothing to write about, rather having done so much that I am struggling to find the time and energy to keep up with my blog reading let alone writing.

Since September I have been responsible for eLearning, Maths, data, timetable, marketing and other logistics within our school. Needless to say this has been a leadership baptism by fire.

The opportunity to lead on whole school initiatives is a great privilege, but for a perfectionist and tinkerer it’s difficult. I’m spread frustratingly thinly at times, but I’ve been massively developing my delegation and coaching skills. To get things done effectively I need to rely on my teams to do a lot of the legwork.

Some work and initiatives that I’ve been working on and really need to write about:

  • Pushing results and expectations with Higher Tier GCSE Maths.
  • Setting targets in every subject in every year for every pupil using Fischer Family Trust predictions as a baseline. Developing a more inclusive target setting process from these baseline targets.
  • Publishing school news on a Posterous blog / Facebook page / Twitter account.
  • Training staff with a hands off Youtube based approach (with the help of my blossoming Digital Leaders).
  • Pushing out 50 new MacBooks for our Art & Media department.
  • Replacing a poor thin client installation with 80 ‘net-top’ PCs.
  • Rolling out Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Getting to grips with timetable/rooming/staffing issues.
  • Developing our own Acceptable Use Policy along with introducing our own in-house Internet filtering solution.
  • Applying for a post as Assistant Principal of the Maths, ICT & Business faculty in our proposed new Academy.
  • Preparing to present at the SSAT National Conference with Kristian Still about our Digital Leaders.
  • Using my iPad more and more (writing this on it now!).
  • Oh yes, and getting married took up much of my Summer ūüôā

So as you can see I’ve been mighty busy! If something in that list jumps out at you as of interest please leave me a comment and I’ll move it to the top of my ‘to write’ list.

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