So here goes. This is my first ever blog post on my first blog and may be my last as I’m not sure how often I will get the time to do this. I have tweeted many times about how much I dislike graded lesson observations and, as a result, I do get asked very often if I blog about this. Until now not but I feel that, for once and for all, I will describe and explain the process my school goes through in order to develop the quality of teaching.
I work part time at Bridgwater College Academy in Somerset; an all through 3-16 academy in which I am blessed to be on the Academy Leadership Team as Head of Staff Development. Although that job title is not unique, my role is not a conventional ‘assistant head’ job. I work solely with the adults and have no teaching timetable. My sole focus is to support the teachers in my academy to be the best they can be. I spend, therefore, all my time with teachers in their classrooms; coaching, mentoring and helping them develop into great professionals.