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Supporting the headteacher in preparation for Ofsted

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by joyful1, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. joyful1

    joyful1 New commenter

    I have been invited to an interview for a Dep Head post, and have been given the following topic for a presentation: "How does the role of Deputy Head support the Headteacher in preparing for an Ofsted inspection?"

    I have put together a draft presentation already, but I'm just curious to find out from Head's what they would find most helpful and supportive - in case I have missed something!

    Huge thanks!
  2. SmokinDonutLtd

    SmokinDonutLtd New commenter

    I am not a Head and hope you don't mind me commenting... my husband has just finished a PGCE after years of working in the city as high-earning computer programmer. His shock at seeing teachers unable to operate basic technology in the classroom was constant. Whenever he used 'tech' the children would gasp at 'magic' created by him (A Level Grammar School) and teachers said - we only use the smartboards for simple instruction as are unsure of how to utilise it fully. So... possibly a good idea to say you would start by ensuring all staff are fully confident about handling the kit and laptops/tablets/PC's are fully charged up + updated (also another bugbear as computers were forever in need of updates so rendered useless). I work for a bunch of engineers that install technology in schools (IAG) so steeped in watching education and technology forever not coming together comfortably... and my boss is now starting to train teachers on using digital classroom products instead of just opening boxes + installing kit. I do hope you don't mind me commenting but I'm passionate about teachers feeling confident with their technology - not one of them mentoring my husband had a clue about tech. That could be a start for you. Good luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I think, @joyful1 , that the reason that you received no replies earlier is that people are reluctant to give too many hints or too much help for interview presentations.

    Hope it went well.

    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Hi @SmokinDonutLtd ,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Headteachers here will think 'C' is a letter rather than a language so don't expect much response!

    It is probably best that your husband concentrates on what he can contribute rather than worry about the lack of knowledge of others. I hope he is successful.

    Many a juggler is a computer programmer so i meet them all the time.

    Best Wishes

    Kevin the Clown
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    What ARE you wittering on about this time? Your post makes NO sense whatsoever.
  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Circuskevin is referring to 'C', a general purpose computer programming language, @Middlemarch

    ... which incidentally has nothing whatsoever to to with SmokinDonutLts's somewhat commercialised post about teachers' ability to operate basic technology in the classroom, citing smartboards as an example.

    Circuskevin seems to be oblivious of the fact that, before he took up riding a unicycle as a career move, a significant number of today's headteachers were cutting their teeth on COBOL and FORTRAN as pupils and were later teaching pupils how to program the old BBC Acorn 'A' computers to do simple things as teachers using BASIC. I recall teaching a group of enthusiastic pupils to write the program which caused the computer to play the Stranglers' early 80s hit "Golden Brown" while autumn leaf shapes scrolled down the screen. Later on I taught pupils to use PASCAL.

    I suggest we just leave him to rude off into the sunset on his unicycle looking foolish.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2015
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I do know what C is, Nomad - just fail to see how this topic of use of ICT by teachers relates to the OP, which is about the DHT's role in supporting the Head in preparing for Ofsted. I had already ignored the poster who clearly knew little about preparing for Ofsted and banged on about teachers' use of ICT (which is a long-term issue for a few schools and not a general issue in prep for Ofsted) and - as Mr Kevin often pops up with some irrelevant, unicycle-based nonsense or other - wondered what his contribution was meant to be this time.
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    It doesn't. As I indicated above, that was a commercial post.

    Just self-promotion.

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