Dirleton School Board

I've been overwhelmed by the response I've received from people about my appointment. Now I'm really under pressure to deliver! Many thanks

7.00-8.45 got into the office early to write a couple of letters – one for the pupils and parents; and another for staff at Dunbar Grammar. I e-mailed these to Paul Raffaelli for distribution – my last act as Headteacher of the school.

9.00-10.00 Out to LongniddryPrimary School for a chat with Ann McLanachan and a wander round the school – what a place. How does Ann maintain her enthusiasm?

10.15-10.30 popped into my mums for a cup of tea

10.30-11.00 e-mails, e-mails

11.00-11.45 Met with Julia Robertson, our Determined to Succeed officer, Alison Wishart, our QIO with responsibility for enterprise in education and Gordon Brown, who now works for the Scottish Executive (he is currently seconded from our department). Gordon was out helping us finalise our report on DTS activities. We explored our perception that DTS is hampered by too bureaucratic systems and reporting formats. We have offered to make a presentation to the DTS management team. We shared our thoughts with Gordon about how we are trying to integrate enterprising classrooms into our Learning and Teaching strategy as opposed to a bolt-on which is often how it is perceived in schools. I don’t think the reporting system or the fact that we have a separate development officer helps to break down that perception.

11.45 – 12.30 Gordon and I discussed his secondment.

12.30 – 1.30 a number of quick updates with various staff in the department, plus a wander round the office – picked up the fact that we are receiving a number of placement requests – Fiona Brown deals with these requests in an exemplary manner.

2.00-4.45 Secondary Headteachers meeting – very full agenda covering: school transport; official opening of schools; smartcard; PPP; budget issues; development planning process; HT conference agenda for 31/4/2006.

4.45-5.00 quick chat with Janis Craig , HT Knox Academy

5.00-6.45 phone calls to a few people plus e-mails and correspondence

7.00-8.00 Dirleton School Board – I was invited to the meeting to provide more information about the predictable needs formula.