Pastoral leadership: purpose, positivity, prioritisation and progress

What does it take to be described as a “great Head of Year” by colleagues, in only your second year in that role? We asked Susannah Meersand, who works at a school in the West Midlands, about the challenges that responsibility for Year 10 has brought her, and how she has approached them. Susannah’s students…

“Questioning is a powerful tool”

Many teachers spend a substantial amount of their lesson time questioning students. These questions have many purposes: checking student understanding, challenging them to think more deeply and ensuring that they can express ideas articulately in speech – a helpful precursor to doing so on paper. Well-used, questioning goes a long way to ensuring that students’…