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Where do you put your strongest teachers?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by PhysBee, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I hate the term ‘ bottom sets ‘ . Think more lower attaining ( focus on ‘ attaining ‘ ). I think you have a duty to train / groom / develop/ support all of your staff to teach students of all abilities and aptitudes - it comes with your rôle / territory as H o D . Yes there will be issues and compromise. Don’t future employers want adaptable, flexible resilient workers who rise to a challenge ?
    Lara mfl 05 and VeronicAmb like this.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Oh yes and defining ‘ strongest ‘ ??? strongest with higher attaining not so with lower / disaffected / and vice versa
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. Mr_G_ICT

    Mr_G_ICT New commenter

    It's the popularity thing. Yes, you want your specialists essentially teaching the top sets because they have the greatest subject knowledge, but is that required? at A-Level, probably at GCSE....

    I'd suspect if you have proper monitoring and testing in place, then a "less strong" teacher could be supported in order ot make sure that all can achieve. But you won't make friends by giving the stronger staff low sets, but it depends. does strong mean subject knowledge or behaviour management, this is two entirely different measures that need to be considered.

    it's difficult....

    try to go with what is right over what is popular.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. NewbieHoD

    NewbieHoD New commenter

    Two points from my time in secondary...

    Timetable to people's strengths - up to a point! Don't make it unfair on others just because one person "always" teachers xyz

    Your generically strong teachers - put them on set 2! Set 1 will always (probably!) do well. Set 2 is where the quick wins are, but they can be a challenge.
    rehaank, jarndyce and install like this.
  5. banjouk

    banjouk Occasional commenter

    That's what I did. Year groups of 240 split X & Y into sets 1- 5. Both tops sets X1 & Y1 could look after themselves (60+ kids would pass their GCSE's) The crunch came in X2 & Y2 and getting the less motivated students to knuckle down and work.

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