December 11, 2015 by Doug Napolitano-Cremin
So, it has been a while since I wrote my last post. It is nearly one year since I became Head of Biology in my current school and I have been fortunate enough to have recently been made Head of the Science Faculty. Starting a new role, in a new school in January is an experience I would definitely not want to repeat. It was an incredibly tough time up until the summer holidays. The school is fantastic and expectations of pupils and staff are incredibly high. Workload, like in many schools in the UK, is phenomenal. Despite all of that, since coming back from the summer break I have been loving my work again and am full of optimism and hope for the future.
As Head of Department/Faculty I have been looking at ways for us to improve how we work – ensure more of our time is spent of those things that matter; learning and our pupils.
A very small initiative we have started is the publication of a weekly bulletin for the faculty. Since the start of the new academic year I would guess that I have spent on average an hour every day either replying or writing emails. With an ever expanding to-do list, I refuse to accept that this is a useful use of time – especially considering that many emails that get sent are often forgotten or deleted and so I then spend time explaining or giving out details from these emails again!
We have decided to send a weekly bulletin to cut down on the number of emails that we have to send. We also wanted to have one central document that teachers, technicians and our TA can refer to each week and use to try and keep organised.
We designed the bulletin to be no longer than two pages – we wanted it to be succinct. It features some teaching tips and resource reviews. It gets sent out on a Monday morning so that we can start our week of an a positive note.
Below is a copy of our first issue. I am hoping it will develop over the year but we will review its usefulness at Easter!