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Transforming a Maths Department

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by Piranha, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    There have been some good ideas already, but I don't think you can have a World Class department unless you can create one that enjoys working together. You all need to be prepared to trust each other; to share successes and failures; to ask for and offer help. You want a team that is willing to innovate, not for the sake of it but to find what works, what can be adapted to make it work and what can be quietly dropped.
    You need to be fair, not dumping the worse classes on the most junior people but sharing out classes according to individuals' abilities and encouraging them to develop new skills so that they can have more variety of teaching.
    Early on you may upset a few people, but after that, it can become a department in whcih people want to work, reducing staff turnover. Once that happens, you can really think about seeing improvement year after year.
  2. Follow the model he/she put in place to make his/her leadership team and his/her school world class.
    Im sure its in his/her best interest to share this information.
  3. Key to us has been having dedicated department planning time every week. Fabulous but hard to get!
  4. googolplex

    googolplex Occasional commenter

    How long do you get, and when? Do you have the whole department available at this time?
  5. [​IMG]
    Surely a combination of transformations will be needed to become World Class.
  6. Outstanding is becoming the new satisfactory. World Class - phah - why not Universal Class?
  7. Universal? Do you mean Comprehensive?
  8. ok - in the absence of cybola, i'll go for it:
    wouldn't that put you back to Bog Standard?

  9. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    this thread is going down the pan...........
  10. Lots of valuable information here. The key is to sift through what is said here and see how it supports your vision of how your department should function when it is successful.
    World class is a new one. Do as one poster suggested find out what this means in the context of that school's SIP.
    Oh and if you find out what World Class is supposed to mean, do tell us.

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