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Career development

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Cat343, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Cat343

    Cat343 New commenter


    I am an early career teacher. I work in alternative provision and I'm very interested in getting more involved with SEND and I'm starting an MA in SEND in September. One of the questions in my performance review is where do I see myself in three years time and I'm not sure what to answer, should I put that eventually I'm interested in completing SENCO quals or would a generic improve my teaching be better?

  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    In what sense, better? An annual review should be your opportunity to lay out your aspirations and the way to get there, in parallel with your organisation's own plans and aspirations. So possibly two general headings: what job will you have and where, what skills, knowledge etc will you develop in what ways?
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  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    From your other posts, you are an NQT until December and you, from this post, are starting an MA in September.
    In a year's time 'more confidence with teaching' might be a reasonable statement. In three years you will possibly be looking at a first promotion, which possibly won't be SENDCO. So perhaps write something about shadowing a SENDCO, or think which aspects of SEND really interest you, it's a huge area.

    What do you want to be doing in three years?
    Writing something like 'what I'm doing now, just doing it better and with more confidence' is perfectly fine.
    But so is 'studying for SENDCO qualification with a view to joining SLT as SENDCO the year after'.

    Totally depends on you.
  4. install

    install Star commenter

    When did your performance review take place? The timing seems odd. Even so, simply be honest but keep it sweet. You possibly hope to be at the stage where your MA in SEND is being put to good use.
  5. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    If you outline a plan - Masters in Education specialising in SEND or something like this would then set in place a yearly target (collection of evidence/progress of key students in your cohort of lessons etc) demonstrating evidence etc could be a way to approach this.
    Hopefully, the school you are at will try their hardest to signpost you in the right direction. I would also add that you could ask to have an afternoon shadowing/working in SEN or something like that to get a feel for the work carried out (use one of your frees or arrange for a colleague to cover one of your lessons and you return the favour) - maybe find out if you could be an SEN co-ordinator for the subject you teach (discussing in short meetings the areas of concerns for student learning, participation in lessons, accessing learning, planning etc and liaise this with the strategies most SENCOs share to support ECHPs)..These are a few things to consider incorporating each year of your time teaching in preparation. Not all middle leaders/HOD are creative in giving you ideas to work on as I found out to my detriment, so sometimes you are forced to find your own way through the middle leadership requirements by talking to colleagues already in those positions. Good Luck.
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  6. Cat343

    Cat343 New commenter

    Thanks for the advice.

    I don't think SENDCOs at our school are part of SLT and I definitely don't want to be a member of SLT three years time .

    I just want to get better at teaching but I wasn't sure how to word it because I do have ambitions in teaching, but just want to be good at my job first.
  7. Cat343

    Cat343 New commenter

    It hasn't yet, we have been given a form for personal reflection first.
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  8. install

    install Star commenter

    Thankyou that explains it.
  9. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Of course. But that will be a target every year for your entire career. Hopefully.
    The year you feel you haven't improved in some way, is the year you need to retire or find something else to do.

    Think specifically what you feel needs improving. What do you reflect on and realise could have been better? What parts of teaching really interest you and you'd like to work on? (Possibly link this to your MA??) Just be more specific than 'improve teaching' and you'll be fine. Maybe set it out to show year 1: XY, year 2: ZA, year 3: BC or some such?
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  10. install

    install Star commenter

    You have expressed it very well @Cat343
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  11. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I don’ t think getting ‘ better ‘ at teaching is expressing anything much at all. It’s too non specific and crucially a clumsy way of saying that you want to hone your skills in the classroom . In the spirit of being a professional who never stop learning isn’t this a trifle ‘ so what ? ‘. Given your interest in SEND perhaps you should focus on your desire to marginalise need / develop confidence and sensibility in creating a level playing field . You say you are starting an MA ? - consider the kind of thinking and language this award will demand ?

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