Established in 2006, Derventio Education develop software to help schools, colleges and universities to be more efficient and effective. Find out more about us & how we can help you. SchooliP supports leaders to improve teacher effectiveness through streamlining professional development, self-evaluation and improvement planning.
With the new academic year upon us, we wanted to introduce you to Manor Farm Community Junior School and their major successes with professional development, self-evaluation and improvement planning. Here, headteacher Andrew Sierant shares how the school eliminated the need for paper, raised the profile of professional development, and found an efficient new way to manage teacher and staff appraisals…
“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement.” - William Grosvenor Pollard (1911 - 1989), physicist / priest
“Technology is best when it brings people together.” - Matt Mullenweg, American entrepreneur
The beginning of the new millennium saw an influx of portable devices into the classroom. Ever since, debate amongst teachers has raged on the appropriateness of laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones in the learning environment. Whilst technology can aid learning, there is concern over declining standards, unnecessary distractions and its actual role in purposeful learning.
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” Richard II, Act 5, Scene 5
The optimal school leader is proactive, personable and pragmatic. The common theme throughout these qualities is time. A proactive leader ensures that deadlines are adhered to and best laid-plans are not forgotten. They are willing to make time for others, listen attentively and take onboard contrasting viewpoints. Pragmatism means they can prioritise the most important tasks to hand and make sensible decisions.