I was going to have taken today off but we had arranged an important Directorate meeting for first thing. As it turned out the new format, where one week we only have a single agenda item, followed the next week by a routine business meeting could enable us to make more rapid strategic progress. Certainly if today's meeting is anything to go by we should be able to agree a strategic vision for integrated services sometime in the new year. We intend to make classroom behaviour a key area of emphasis and combine this with the perceived opposing emphasis of inclusion. We wish to support classroom teachers and schools to improve the standard of classroom behaviour, whilst reinforcing the notions of ownership and collective responsibility. Alan Ross is going to gather some statistics which will demonstrate why it is so important for vulnerable children to remain in education – as opposed to being excluded from the process. Alan was at pains to point out that education doesn't always mean full-time presence in a school.
The rest of the day I was an office worker. I think this is the first time since I started that I just worked at my desk for the entire day – certainly established something – I'm not an office worker!! I think one of the reasons I'm not missing school as much as I thought I might is because I'm interacting with so many different people. Am I a people junkie??
Having said that I did have a quick chats with Eilish Garland – complaints policy, Derek Haywood – primary school devolved school management policy and Richard Parker/Susan McNaught about Alison Wishart's induction programme. Alison joins us on Thursday.
Managed to take a look at Ollie's weblog and left a comment on blue sky thinking.
Home for 6.30pm. After tea I watched The Gadget Show from South Korea. A perfect example of the curriculum for excellence in action. Children in South Korea are given technological projects in school in the form of project boxes. These consist of motors, circuitboards and programming technology. They are then set a task to use the equipment to solve a problem. I know such things are taught in technology in our CDT departments but this seemed to be way in advance of what we ask our 12 years olds to do. Is it any wonder South Korea is so in front of our country on the technological front?