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New HoD in September - new department - stock help!

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by godofchicken, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. godofchicken

    godofchicken New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm going to be working in a brand new English department at a school that's not even open yet - and as the person responsible for the subject, it's my job to decide on the stock order!

    So experienced bods, if you could possibly give me some advice on what I shouldn't forget, I'd appreciate it, as it's my first time...

    I've got the obvious things - books, pens, pencils, paper, other stationery, textbooks, etc. But is there anything I might have forgotten?

  2. muso2

    muso2 Established commenter Community helper

    There is loads you won't realise you don't have until you realise you want to use it, especially in a new school, so ask the office how often they do orders in the hope that you can do one a few weeks into term.

    Check out the school's praise system, and possibly get nice rubber stamps/stickers/postcards home to give the teachers in your department.

    Storage boxes for said books and textbooks? Coloured board pens. (Realise these are not strictly necessary but make teachers happy for some inexplicable reason!) Display posters for classrooms.

    Box files for teachers. Ask other new English teachers in first few weeks if there's anything they need for heir classes.

    Good luck. I love spending the school's money - enjoy!
  3. godofchicken

    godofchicken New commenter

    Thanks muso - it's certainly daunting, setting up a whole new department - especially as my first crack as a HoD, but it's a challenge I am excited about!

    You've certainly put my mind at ease as those are mostly things I've thought of and added to my list!

    Thanks again

  4. superteacherrr

    superteacherrr New commenter

    Blu tac- it's often a forgotten order, treasury tags for coursework etc, and staplers!
  5. inara14

    inara14 New commenter

    I did something similar but with Maths 2 years ago. Things I found useful to remember (but definitely forgot) were:
    - Mini whiteboards and pens.
    - Drawing pins, elastic bands, push pins, staple gun, staples and staple remover.
    - Display board backing paper and border
    - Storage boxes
    - Inserts for storage boxes (for pens, coloured pencils etc)
    - A ball for each classroom (To use to throw between children answering questions)
    - Teacher desk storage (eg pen pots)
    - Plastic wallets (incredibly useful)
    - Folders for hard copies of schemes of work and assessments.
    - Scissor blocks and pritt sticks.
  6. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    One approach might be the Argos catalogue method. Get a copy of a supplier's catalogue - in this case print is far better than electronic - and leaf through it with a supply of post-it notes or similar. Suppliers like The Consortium for general educational supplies, or the specialist scientific suppliers if you were a scientist. There will probably be copies in school, or simply ask for one from the company.

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