Dear Fake Headteacher,
Another round of lesson observations and members of staff who have been at your school for several years, have perfected their lessons for you. They have endured many lesson feedback meetings with you and now know exactly how to please you.
However, your philosophy isn’t exclusive to good teaching. It’s not the only way. Just because a teacher doesn’t teach how you expect, it doesn’t mean they are inadequate teachers.
My advice to any colleague who is starting a new school is this:
See the Head on day one. Ask them to tell you what they want to see in your lessons. Ask them, “Do you like plenaries? Whole class inputs? Use of lolly sticks for questioning? Mixed ability groups etc.” Ask them what particular things they like to see in your lesson. What are they fans of? What don’t they like?
Also, speak to the teachers…
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