Sport and Education

Popped into Ross High School at 8.00am to check on Helen Alexander's room which had been flooded out before the holidays. With all the rain over the weekend I thought things might have been just as bad again. Fortunately there was repeat of flooding in her office – although there were problems elsewhere in the school.

8.30am Directorate Meeting. As usual a fairly full agenda. Good discussion about the restructuring of the department, particlarly with reference to cluster working which will help me with the paper I'm writing.

Straight out of there into meeting with Marina Naylor re' the 360 degree feedback system for headteachers. We are going to intoduce the system for all HTs prior to Christmas whch will enable a much more focused form of Employee and Development and review meeting to take place in the new year.

Then cleared a backlog over 100 e mails due to my days off last week. Met Mike Whiton – Drugs Education worker – to discuss communication issues in the department. This is my last such interview since taking up post.

Met with reps from EIS and SSTA at 1.30pm – 3.30pm to discuss management structures in secondary schools. We will be gathering some information about what is happening in schools and associated rationales prior to our next meeting.

After this I thought I had a few hours clear until hometime but an appointment had been made for me at the end of last week. As things turned out the meeting with Eamonn John and Beth Stewart proved very worthwhile. The new secondary school sports co-ordinators are going to make a significant impact upon the authority and we spent some time preparing for the Sport in Education Meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Left office at 6.00pm I've got a fair bit to prepare tonight for tomorrow's curriculum/timetabling meeting.