At the conclusion of today’s Depute Head Teachers’ Conference each of the six groups made a presentation in response to the task.
East Lothian is about to embark on a radical building programme where we will be building new school for 10-15 year olds.
Each school will have 700 pupils, 45 teaching staff and 20 support staff (there are no other limits on the school design or facilities)
Your solution should address the following – but not necessarily as separate points. This list is not exhaustive.
- Describe the aims of your school
- Design your school building.
- etc, etc
The following are just some of the themes which emerged from the various presentations:
The need for core knowledge/skills – perhaps the morning given over to such a focus
Opportunities personalisation of the curriculum
Flexible days – longer in the winter shorter in the summer.
Flexible spaces – as opposed to dedicated classrooms
Less movement round the school – use of pods, zones
Teams of teachers – cross curricular
Much more negotiation
Create a hub in every school
No year groups
Sharing responsibility and power – rotation of responsibilities
Challenges or key questions permeating the school year for all pupils
Using technology – openess, transparency, responsive, aware’ “see what I did today”
Learning logs, personal laptops – parental access to information
“It will feel like home”
Making use of the community and being of use to the community
The importance of seating in social areas
Development of learning groups of staff – critical freinds who plan, observe and evaluate together
Environment, environment, environment – making use of the outside
Develop cross-curricular expertise
Develop assemblies (staff and pupils) which have real power
5 year contracts
Sharing power – not just distributed leadership
The campus approach – linking schools together within a community
The Head Teacher becomes the “Lead Learner”, “Head of Pod” or is done away with in favour of a rotation system
Timetable courses rather than classes
It’s impossible here to capture the vibrancy, collaboration and innovative ideas which came out through this exercise. We are photographing all of the presentations and will post them here soon.
I can recommend this task for any group of teachers.
Entrepreneurial Leadership in action!!!!!