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Inky - this may hearten you a little!

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by dinx67, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. I've copied and pasted my own post from another thread I posted on earlier, but after having read your comments on another thread I thought this might raise a smile. It's only a small act of rebellion...
    I'm taking a risk this year - having drastically cut down on the amount and number of photos and observations and not having even made any 'learning diary' type things!
    I took great care with doing a beautifully presented, well-organised learning journey file for each child last year... only to be told that they couldn't be sent home to parents and were to be kept (archived in school) as 'evidence'. So, in a fit of pique, I went through them and sent home all the children's work that they had done themselves, took all their certificates and printed off loads of pictures (passport sized) and sent them home too. The rest of the stuff was taken out of the files and put into a ziplock wallet and thrown into the archive box.
    I'm sick of duplicating work so this year I have a skinny planning file with all my plans and evaluations (progress notes and next steps, etc), an even skinnier class moderation file with just 3 pieces of evidence and a couple of photos (max) for each child for each scale point (my children rarely get to point 5) plus the e-profile printouts, and an individual file for each child with the left over post it observations, a few photos, their own work, certificates and parental contributions - this is going home to the parents this year! I print out and send photos home to parents every couple of weeks and also copy them to disc and send them home - all of them, not just the ones showing their own children. I will also make sure they get all of their child's home-school diaries back too so that they have a good record of their first year at school.
    I'm not sure how well it's going to go down with SMT but seeing as I'm left to my own devices, line management and support is virtually nil and I can justify/evidence everything I say about the children in my class I'll just wait and see...
     
  2. I've copied and pasted my own post from another thread I posted on earlier, but after having read your comments on another thread I thought this might raise a smile. It's only a small act of rebellion...
    I'm taking a risk this year - having drastically cut down on the amount and number of photos and observations and not having even made any 'learning diary' type things!
    I took great care with doing a beautifully presented, well-organised learning journey file for each child last year... only to be told that they couldn't be sent home to parents and were to be kept (archived in school) as 'evidence'. So, in a fit of pique, I went through them and sent home all the children's work that they had done themselves, took all their certificates and printed off loads of pictures (passport sized) and sent them home too. The rest of the stuff was taken out of the files and put into a ziplock wallet and thrown into the archive box.
    I'm sick of duplicating work so this year I have a skinny planning file with all my plans and evaluations (progress notes and next steps, etc), an even skinnier class moderation file with just 3 pieces of evidence and a couple of photos (max) for each child for each scale point (my children rarely get to point 5) plus the e-profile printouts, and an individual file for each child with the left over post it observations, a few photos, their own work, certificates and parental contributions - this is going home to the parents this year! I print out and send photos home to parents every couple of weeks and also copy them to disc and send them home - all of them, not just the ones showing their own children. I will also make sure they get all of their child's home-school diaries back too so that they have a good record of their first year at school.
    I'm not sure how well it's going to go down with SMT but seeing as I'm left to my own devices, line management and support is virtually nil and I can justify/evidence everything I say about the children in my class I'll just wait and see...
     
  3. Good for you![​IMG]

    It still sounds like you've done plenty of observing and evidencing even with your 'slim down'!
     
  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I'm not sure if that was addressed to me or inky with a small i, well done anyway. As I have posted before I don't do Learning Journeys (Reception) and have just had Ofsted. They didn't ask for them or any other kinds of 'evidence' although they saw us doing post-it observations.
    I'll send home children's work at the end of the year although I'll shred the post-its as they are too scrappy for anyone else to see and only intended as an aide-memoire. The photos will stay on the school Server and won't be printed.
     
  5. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Oh brilliant, brilliant you!

    If only everybodyfelt they could do something similar...
    [​IMG]
     
  6. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I agree totally that Ofsted teams vary. This time there were three Early years specialists on the team and they seemed much more down to Earth than our previous Ofsted team who only wanted numbers. However, I was prepared to argue my case if they had asked for Learning Journeys.
     
  7. I could do with some lessons in that! I usually end up getting really irritated and defensive because 'they' (SMT mainly, our advisors are really great) just won't listen when I am trying to explain how things are done now and that there are specific requirements for the EYFS. Some of it is, I'm sure, just sheer bloody-mindedness on their part because is doesn't necessarily fit too well with how things are done in school in the rest of school. I'm convinced they think they can just batter me into submission.
     
  8. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    A point worth making - we've got some wonderful advisers too. The trouble is, everyone seems to be breathing down everyone else's neck in a vaguely threatening way...

     

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