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First pd day as new head

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by sarahroberts2, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Some really good advice here in my view . Remember the three wise monkeys - see all , hear all say nowt . Dont judge listen and take notes :)
  2. I am a relatively new head - don't go in on the first day with the vision thing - you don't even know the school yet and so can't create a vision for it!

    I did a joint day at the beginning of my second year - once I knew the school and staff. This really helped us plan for the next 3 years, looking at strengths and areas for development, but all based around team work.

    I like the photo idea above, just make sure all the cameras work first!

    Good Luck

  3. Ruthiesword

    Ruthiesword New commenter

    Can I join in as I have been drafted in to do it for the foreseeable/till someone who wants it turns up!
  4. weirside

    weirside New commenter

    LOL u can join the madness with the rest of us !!
  5. Me too! I would be v. interested in joining a 'New Heads' group!
  6. bed

    bed New commenter

    Many thanks for all that! Great advice, gratefully received.

    I shall certainly pack away the VnA stuff and not bother with it.

    I had already planned to provide nice things to eat etc

    Many fingers crossed.

  7. weirside

    weirside New commenter

    How did it go?
  8. bed

    bed New commenter

    OK I think.

    Did basic info meeting: diary dates etc, (took forEVER), and outlined a couple of priorities for school improvement then sent everyone off to get school tidied up and looking right for new start.

    Spent lots of time chatting with people, teachers and TAs, got round everyone at least once, was very clear about what I wanted for the start of term and how I wanted it look and feel.

    And as a direct result of those informal chats, and looking listening and absorbing, I've begun to formulate what I really want on the Sch Imp plan.

    As a teaching head tho (0.6) it's a tricky thing balancing the two and making sure that what goes on in my classroom is a high enough standard.

    Only week one tho, I'll get there.

    Everyone else alive?

  9. bed

    bed New commenter

    PS I'm SO glad I didn't do the vision thing!

    Excellent piece of advice!
  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Good to hear it!
  11. weirside

    weirside New commenter

    Yes still alive!!

    Spent time as whole staff discussing highlights of school and things the would change.

    Allowed for a number of quick wins!

    Also gave fascinating insight into staff dynamics.
  12. kathrynburns

    kathrynburns New commenter

    I’m in the same boat. I was dreading doing vision etc I was going to do planning time and classroom time... chatting to everyone, getting to know people- making sure all reassured and relaxed.

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