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DoL Position

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by 872312, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. 872312

    872312 New commenter

    I am in a DoL position for Year 11 for the first time, although I was a Head of Year some time ago, I have to analyse data from the recent mocks and summarise who is responsible for the students underperforming, can anyone suggest a good way of doing this? I am used to having the paperwork ready and just complete it, (middle leaders all used this paperwork so all staff were familiar with it. I've never just been told to do it in my own way, so struggling a little.

  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Director of Learning ?
  3. fineliner

    fineliner Occasional commenter

    summarise who is responsible for the students underperforming,

    I can see where this is going...
  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    The students and their parents and perhaps wider society?

    If toucan't just do a variation of what you have done in the past, ask the person who set you this task. It's the first time you've done it - it's reasonable to ask for help.
  5. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes isn’t it fundamental to learning to ‘ know what to do when you don’t know what to do ? ‘
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Analyse the data is easy: Just work out who has made progress since year 10 and who not. And then who is on track to meet target grades and who needs help. Then let middle leaders know these results and let them sort the interventions.

    Summarise who is responsible for the students under-performing: As someone already told you. Students, parents, wider society are the main culprits.
    A class with a string of daily supply teachers isn't going to progress as fast as the one with a full time subject specialist, but you can hardly say the supply teachers are responsible for the under-performance. Whoever failed to recruit could be held responsible if you were feeling brave enough to say so?
    A class with an NQT teaching outside their subject specialism, will not make as much progress as the one with an experienced subject specialist, but that's hardly the fault of the non-specialist. Maybe mention it is the fault of the time-tabler?
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  7. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    If you're expected to name names - "poor teaching by Teacher A" - then there's a rather worrying mindset in your SLT. Wouldn't it be more helpful for SLT to know what the plans are to improve performance of underperforming pupils, what interventions?

    Unless we've misunderstood you and they mean "who is responsible for implementing the interventions and support for each of the underperforming pupils".

    I would resist the temptation to reply on the "their parents/society are to blame" line, satisfying though it might be. SLT will just think you are a smartar$e, the aggro isn't worth it. Clarify what they want, and if it is that they want names politely decline to give them on entirely reasonable professional grounds - I'm sure you can think of several!
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
  8. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    unless you are trained in statistical method, if you did attempt to do this, your conclusions are likely to have little significance.
  9. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Me too - I was just joking. The second bit of my post was the actual advice!
  10. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    many years ago, before it became trendy. I used to multiply the predicted grade (the one guestimated by experienced teachers having taught the classes for a term or two) by their actual attendance %. It came out as the most accurate ever final prediction of the grade. All the later complicated methods never came anything like as close.
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