I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about trying to improve my teaching deliberately.
I think you have to teach, no matter how demanding the role of Headteacher has become. And I don’t mean cherry-picking the small Year 13 class, I mean teach the tough classes, team teach, teach out of your subject if necessary. Whilst I am gut-wrenchingly worried about the school’s headline figures on results days, I always sneak a look at my own students’ results first!
Teaching out of your subject is difficult for several reasons. I’m a numerate English teacher. In fact I’m a mathematician at heart, but I have spent twenty-five years teaching English. I find teaching Economics A level demanding because I don’t have the extra depth of knowledge to draw upon that teaching English for decades has…
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