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How can I lead staff in great teaching, learning and CPD?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by cds202, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. cds202

    cds202 New commenter


    I have an interview for an assistant head post focusing on teaching, learning and CPD. I have to do a presentation on these topics. I have some ideas about what I want to include but what would be the key features you would expect to see in a presentation on this topic?

    Any ideas/advice would be great,

    [This post has been edited to remove the name of the poster who could otherwise be identified by the school to which the application is being made]
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 17, 2016
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Well done for getting that interview - you have impressed them already!

    Now about our ideas on leading staff in great teaching, learning and CPD . . .

    I'm afraid that our policy is NOT to give ideas for interview lessons or presentations, for a load of reasons that I am sure you can think of yourself!

    Number one is that the Head may be reading this post at the same time as you, and getting ready to ask you Can you explain why your presentation is very similar to the suggestions on the TES website - what is your TES username? ;) (Which is why I have edited your post above, by the way)

    Or even worse, three other candidates read the ideas we give, and the question is why all the presentations are all so similar. :)

    Don't think it cannot happen - we have had examples in the past . . . :(

    And, of course, once you get the job you won't be able to Phone-a-Friend or Post-a-Query ten times a day . . .

    So it needs to be your own thoughts here, get that thinking cap on!

    HERE are some suggestions from the poster nomad on HOW to give a presentation.

    And here are my advice articles on Interviews in general.

    Interviews advice: I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Does calling for a reference mean that you've been shortlisted for interview? ***NEW ***

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? *** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    On here we have a very nice tradition that when you actually get a job, you started a brand-new thread (not adding it to this one - a brand-new thread) where you told us your good news. You call it Dear Theo - I got that job! and this gives everyone a chance to congratulate you. It also gives them hope and inspiration for their own jobseeking, to see you successful.

    Make sure you congratulate someone when you see a thread like that!

    So I will end by saying that we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes


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  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Speaking as a former head - YOUR ideas. I'd be very angry if I appointed someone who couldn't even think up their own presentation on an easy topic like this, but instead had cribbed it from someone else.
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  4. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Make sure your ideas for T&L are evidence-based

    If it's a great forward-looking school that would be lovely to work in, you stand a better chance

    If it's a normal school, you'll scare them half to death.
  5. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Speaking as a Head I would want to hear your ideas, not someone else's. You have obviously thought about it so go with the ideas that you have formulated.

    Good luck

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