Moving to pastures new…
It’s not just my blog that is moving on to pastures new. At the end of the summer term I said goodbye to my grammar school colleagues and students ready for my new challenge. Come September I will be taking up a new role as Head of Spanish at a large mixed secondary school. I’m very aware how different it is going to be, and I really can’t wait. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s ahead:
- I know I’m going to spend more time on planning and making resources. I realise that I’ve been quite lazy of late when it comes to my textbook use. Part of my plan for this blog is to make it a platform I can use to share resources.
- I’ve got a bigger timetable load. In my previous school I was Second in Department and also Learning Manager for year 9. This meant I had less teaching time, although enough extra work and meetings to make up for this. I’m now Head of Spanish underneath both a Head of and Second in Faculty, so I don’t get so much time – or the associated responsibility of course.
- I’ve got quite a few shared classes. I’ve not had this situation for quite a long time and I’m going to have to get used to the way my colleagues work in order to make this one a success. I think I’m going to have to learn to be a little more flexible about how I plan, I probably won’t be able to plan as far in advance as I usually like to.
- I’m going to be a year 7 form tutor again which is something I’m really looking forward to. The last time I had a year 7 form was as an NQT and there were some rather challenging characters. Everything I know about this group from the paperwork and transition day says these will be no different, but I think I learned some lessons last time that will help me. Routines and expectations will be clear from day one and consistency is key.
- I will be working on my CTeach research assignment. I’m not 100% decided on my topic yet, it’ll become clearer as I start to read I think. I’m considering anything to do with cognitive science, potentially desirable difficulties and how they should be integrated into planning. I’m also due to be leading a focus group for CPD and I’m wondering if they’d be interested in looking into the same area, could certainly be useful for my data collection…
- All this on top of the usual unknown elements of starting a new school!
So, a lot to think about and 19 days left to feel as prepared as I can. Here I go!