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Learning Walks

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by QueenieBianca, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. QueenieBianca

    QueenieBianca New commenter

    Do I have to do learning walks during PPA time?
  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    You cannot be directed to do so.
  3. install

    install Star commenter

    Get Learning Walks on your timetable if the school expects regular ones. Don't let it clash with your ppa.
  4. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    No, you do not HAVE to do learning walks during your PPA time.

    However, it may just be that one of your colleagues is teaching more effectively than you are and had some qualities you can emulate in your own teaching.

    Furthermore, since you are a HoD, (according to your other posts), a learning walk will help you to see how effectively your own department is functioning.

    Or you could just dig your heels in! :rolleyes:
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  5. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    If you have management time (or any other free time during lessons) in addition to your 10% PPA allowance then you can be told to do learning walks in that. As long as you get the minimum PPA time, you can be directed during other periods when you are free. This assumes that you are under STPCD; if you are not, then PPA time may not be protected at all.
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  6. QueenieBianca

    QueenieBianca New commenter

    It’s not a case of digging my heels in, I just asked that’s all, I’m working between 80-100 per week for the past 6 months due to workload!
  7. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    Do i have to learning walks during my PPA? Because it's such a pain in the **** ticking all these boxes about who to dob in!
  8. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    I hate that phrase "learning walks" really gets up my nose.
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  9. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    It grinds my gears too!
  10. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    It also boils my p*ss and Rogers my rabbit.
  11. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    stop doing that.

    That will kill you.

    you will have a heart attack or a stroke
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  12. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    As a HOD I was required to do learning walks of the teachers in my department. These were supposed to give me an overview of what teaching and learning was taking place, identify and share good practice, etc. These were also integrated into the schools PM system, so forms and feedback were also part of this system. OK, in theory.
    Trouble was I was only allowed to do these in my PPA and management time, no cover for any other time was allowed. The timetable meant that I always saw the same teachers with the same groups. Our timetables overlapped to a point that meant I could only visit one key stage and usually only one group for each colleague. Therefore no overview of what was happening. Like most poorly conceived systems it became a tick box exercise that provided little insight and had minimal benefit.
  13. mandypowell190968

    mandypowell190968 New commenter

    It would be lovely if someone could define a learning walk. Load of rubbish, just more scrutiny.
  14. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    You are describing lesson observations.Union could easily make a fuss.
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  15. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Sounds a pretty pointless thing to do, and a waste of your management time.
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  16. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    You are right of course, the difference was that the walk was only mean to be a 5 to 10 min pop in with a tick box form, in theory. These things always take longer. But the real issue for me is that they were pointless and unproductive.
    While having and working to a set of rules is important. I also believe that what really matters is that any monitoring exercise has purpose and value. I don't object to observing others or being observed. What matters is that it is only done for professional reasons and that pupils and teachers benefit from the process. The stories we are frequently hearing on this site would indicate that many HT's use PM as a big stick to beat their staff with.
    Fortunately I am no longer required to do or be observed.
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  17. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Annoying though they are, what could unions actually do about it? Unless enough people are prepared to take action, there isn't a lot, given that there is nothing in the rules to stop it.
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  18. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Just go for a quick 5 min wander about and call it a learning walk.
    Do it a couple of times and a week and you're done.
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  19. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Our "learning walks" are up to 20 minutes and get a full write up and grading. Only SLT call them learning walks :rolleyes:
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  20. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    You could be honest and call it a “Warning Lurk”...

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