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Becoming a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) #SLEchat #SLTChat


Since being designated as a Specialist Leader of Education in November 2014 I have had two distinct reactions from people. From family, friends and also some people in education I’ve had ‘What’s an SLE’? From people who know what an SLE is and who know how much effort I put in to my role I’m being asked ‘Why on earth do you want to add more work to your already busy life for no extra money’? I thought I would answer both of these questions in one post. I apologise if you already know the first part of this, but please bear with me as I have a couple of questions at the end of the post.

An SLE is an outstanding (not my use of the word!) middle or senior leader with a particular area of knowledge who can help to develop the leadership in other schools. Currently there…

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Life has become much easier…

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Yesterday something struck me. It struck me by how much easier life is getting. Let me explain.

We’ve been here over six months now. Initially we had no idea where to food shop, where to buy toiletries or house hold goods. We had no idea where to buy footwear or clothing and was thinking how on earth were we going to survive without our shipping. Birthday cards and presents, where to get them? Where to go for the doctors or dentist? How to get around? How to make ourselves understood with no Mandarin at all? How to make certain recipes like gravy with no gravy granules or stock cubes so how to make it from scratch? Everything here seemed to be one challenge after another. We had arrived quite a few days before other ‘newbies’ so we needed to find this out with little help and we needed to find…

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Response to the Workload Challenge


Nicky Morgan launched the Teachers’ Workload Survey in October ’14 and promised to deliver a response in 6 weeks. Over 40,000 teachers responded to the survey, that’s a huge number of teachers who felt strongly enough about the issue to put pen to paper and speak out. I wrote my thoughts at the time in this post. I suggested nine things which I thought would relieve some of the pressure from teachers. I am pleased to see that several of my recommendations have been included.

The document arrived in my Head Teacher’s email in box yesterday morning at precisely the same time as I arrived in her office on an unrelated matter. We sat together and went through the response. Yes, we are that sad!

These are the main things which leapt out to us as we read through it.
1. Lesson planning.
2. Marking and reporting on pupils’ work.

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