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An INSET for Heads of Department at Berkhamsted School, England, on how to write a Departmental Development and the role of HoDs in School Development Planning. …

An INSET for Heads of Department at Berkhamsted School, England, on how to write a Departmental Development and the role of HoDs in School Development Planning.
Led by Mark S. Steed, Principal of Berkhamsted School

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  • 1. Leading Change with Parents HoDs TWILIGHT INSET Tuesday 24th September 2013 Mark S. Steed, MA (Cantab.), MA Principal, Berkhamsted Schools Group
  • 2. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Purpose
  • 3. Whole-School Strategic Development Planning Strategy v. Development Planning
  • 4. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Strategy v. Development Berkhamsted School
  • 5. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Strategy v. Development Strategy is concerned with defining the shape and extent of the organisation Berkhamsted School
  • 6. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Strategy v. Development Strategy is concerned with defining the shape and extent of the organisation Development is concerned with how the organisation is going to adapt and improve – within the strategic parameters
  • 7. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Some Key Strategic Issues Market Niche
  • 8. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Some Key Strategic Issues Opportunities Mergers with other schools Closure of other schools Threats Recession – Affordability Strong Rivals New Rivals Academies, Free Schools Changes in Regulations Anticipating Change
  • 9. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Some Key Development Issues School Improvement Plan
  • 10. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Strategy v. Development Strategic Planning is concerned with determining what “B” looks like.
  • 11. Whole-School Strategic and Development Planning Strategy v. Development Development Planning is concerned with determining the steps that will take us from “A” to “B”? Strategic Planning is concerned with determining what “B” looks like.
  • 12. The Development Planning Process
  • 13. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process Decision Planning Proposals Ideas • Where are we going as a School?2. Direction • What do we stand for?1. Values & Aims Development Planning builds on the foundations laid down by the Strategic Plan
  • 14. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process Decision Planning Proposals • What about this?3. Ideas • Where are we going as a School?2. Direction • What do we stand for?1. Values & Aims
  • 15. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process Decision Planning • What might we do?4. Proposals • What about this?3. Ideas • Where are we going as a School?2. Direction • What do we stand for?1. Values & Aims
  • 16. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process Decision • What is the scope of the project?5. Planning • What might we do?4. Proposals • What about this?3. Ideas • Where are we going as a School?2. Direction • What do we stand for?1. Values & Aims
  • 17. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process • What we are going to do.6. Decision • What is the scope of the project?5. Planning • What might we do?4. Proposals • What about this?3. Ideas • Where are we going as a School?2. Direction • What do we stand for?1. Values & Aims
  • 18. Department Development Planning Development Planning Process Planning Proposals Ideas 2. Direction • What are we trying to achieve as a Department?1. Values & Aims
  • 19. Department Development Planning 1. Values and Aims What are the aims of your department? • To maximise results? – at any cost? Spoonfeeding? Drilling for the exam? • To attract more pupils to the subject? – for GCSE, A-level? – who go on to read the subject at university? • To lay the foundations for the next level of study? • To give a grounding in the subject that they will take through life?
  • 20. Department Development Planning Development Planning Process Planning Proposals Ideas • Where are we going as a Department?2. Direction 1. Values & Aims
  • 21. Department Development Planning 2. Direction What is the direction of your department? What is your vision for the department? What are the indicators of success?
  • 22. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process Planning Proposals • What about this?3. Ideas 2. Direction 1. Values & Aims
  • 23. Department Development Planning 3. Ideas: “Blue-sky thinking” What Experiences/ Skills/ Knowledge/ Understanding do we want pupils to have as part of the curriculum at each Key Stage?
  • 24. Department Development Planning 3. Ideas: “Blue-sky thinking” What Experiences/ Skills/ Knowledge/ Understanding do we want pupils to have as part of the curriculum at each Key Stage?
  • 25. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process 6. Decision 5. Planning • What might we do?4. Proposals 3. Ideas 2. Direction
  • 26. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process 6. Decision • What is the scope of the project?5. Planning 4. Proposals 3. Ideas 2. Direction
  • 27. Whole-School Development Planning 5. Planning: Think Scarce Resources Scarce Resources • Time • People • Space • Skills • Cost Time People Space Skills Cash
  • 28. Whole-School Development Planning 5. Planning: Think Scarce Resources Scarce Resources • Time • People • Space • Skills • Cost In School Terms: • Curriculum Allocation • Teaching and Support Staff • Classrooms • Training, CPD, INSET • Capital/ Fit-out/ Staffing and Running Costs Time People Space Skills Cash
  • 29. Whole-School Development Planning 5. Planning: Opportunity Cost Scarce Resources • Time • People • Space • Skills • Cost In School Terms: • Curriculum Allocation • Teaching and Support Staff • Classrooms • Training, CPD, INSET • Capital/ Fit-out/ Staffing and Running Costs Time People Space Skills Cash
  • 30. Whole-School Development Planning Development Planning Process • What we are going to do.6. Decision 5. Planning 4. Proposals 3. Ideas 2. Direction 1. Values & Aims
  • 31. Whole-School Development Planning 6. Decision Key Questions: • Time • People • Space • Skills • Cost What When How Who Why
  • 32. Whole-School Strategic Development Planning 6. Decision Key Questions: • Time • People • Space • Skills • Cost are we going to do? are we going to do it? are we going to pay for it? is responsible for getting it done? are we doing it? What When How Who Why
  • 33. Whole-School Strategic Development Planning 6. Decision The Importance of “Why?”
  • 34. Whole-School Strategic Development Planning Cycle of Review
  • 35. Annual Strategic Priorities
  • 36. School Development Plan Department Development Plan
  • 37. Whole-School Strategic Development Planning Annual Strategic Priorities Fives areas in which the school want to see a significant improvement in the coming academic year.
  • 38. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 1. Engagement 2. Empowerment 3. Improved Communication 4. Building a Professional Learning Community 5. Working Smart
  • 39. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 1. Engagement – A shift to a “love a of learning” from a “Utilitarian” approach – Pupils being “Independent Learners” – See an increase in pupils’ collaborative learning – All teachers to use/explore ideas for use of mobile devices for teaching and learning – Embedding new Y7 blog – Increased opportunities for multi-sensory learning in Pre- Prep/Prep
  • 40. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 2. Empowerment – Heads of Department and Curriculum Leaders taking greater lead in whole school planning and development. – Reflective, Engaging, Dynamic, Enthusiastic Teachers – “Student Voice”
  • 41. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 3. Improved Communication – Internal Group Communication • Getting a balance on email • Increase digital signage across BSG • Microsoft Lync/Outlook – roll out in leadership teams – External and Parental Communication • Deliver the communication strategy • Parent Portal at heart of parent communication and in use • Building content and refreshing website • Social media channels used extensively by the right range of people across the School
  • 42. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 4. Building a Professional Learning Community A "Professional Learning Community" is one where everyone in the organisation (whether part of the teaching or support staff) sees him or herself as a learner - i.e. someone who is looking to learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and understanding, and who is looking to improve as a practitioner. – Every member of teaching and support staff to see CPD an essential professional responsibility. – Lead by example – be a life-long learner. – Improved ICT competence
  • 43. Strategic Priorities 2013-14 5. Working Smart – Improved, Embedded systems and Automated workflows • Achieve integrated, whole-group calendar, booking and resource system • Intranet development – Improving staff efficiencies – time, training and resources
  • 44. Timelines for 2014-15
  • 45. Timeline 2014-15 Departmental Development Plans • SMT Away Day 14th-15th March – Review of Strategic Priorities 2013-14 – Determination of Strategic Priorities 2014-15 • Trinity Term – Discussions within Departments • End of Trinity Term 2014 – Departmental Development Plan complete • Summer Vacation 2014 – Whole School Development Plan finalised
  • 46. Five Minute Personal Reflection Exercise Values and Aims Considering your Department’s curriculum as a whole (Y7-Y13 or Y9 to Y13): • What do you consider the overall aims of your Department? • What are you trying to achieved? • What does it mean to be educated in your department?
  • 47. Five Minute Personal Reflection Exercise Values and Aims Now consider the Key Stage 3 Curriculum for your subject: • What are you trying to achieve with it? • What is the underlying agenda? • How does KS3 contribute to the overall aims of the Department? • Why are you teaching what you teach at KS3? • Are you happy with your answers?
  • 48. Five Minute Personal Reflection Exercise Values and Aims What are your aims as HoD? • What are you trying to achieve as a Head of Department? • When you look back on your time as HoD, what will you want to have achieved? • What difference will you have made?
  • 49. Development Planning Department Vision Exercise What does “B” look like for your department? What is your vision for the department? How will you know when you have reached “B”? What difference will it make for pupils?
  • 50. Development Planning Department “Blue-Sky” Thinking Exercise What knowledge/ understanding/ skills/ experiences do we want pupils to have in Year 7? in Year 8? in Year 9?
  • 51. Email: principal@berkhamstedschool.org Twitter: @independenthead Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/independenthead Blog: http://independenthead.blogspot.com