Dear P7s, Here are some thoughts about transfer tests…

The following is a slightly edited letter I sent to the current P7 classes I had taught in previous years... Hey there P7s!!!! Well you awesome lot, how’s it all going? Christmas is out there… getting excited yet? I had meant to write to you sometime before the first transfer test, but that seemed to …

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Inspections are like first dates.

It is time for an open, more honest conversation. We all agree that everything cannot be changed at once. We all agree that, in principle, development plans are good, and change should be planned and managed. Where this falls apart, is during an inspection, when priorities are asked for, and development plans are explained… and …

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The time to develop relationships gets squeezed.

I learnt quickly, in teaching, that time is a pie chart. You can move the radii around, you can make preparation time bigger, and marking time smaller, you can minimise time spent in meetings and maximise time spent creating resources. You can, for a time, enlarge the pie chart by working harder, but no one …

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