Last week was fairly typical of what you can find yourself doing as a head teacher in a Primary School....well in this Primary school and for this head teacher I guess.
One element was monitoring standards in the school. I spent time with colleagues looking at both Years 4 and 5 last week. This involved observing the learning, looking at the children's books, the teacher's planning, displays, classroom organisation, talking with the children and looking at their progress data. I'm glad to say that I saw lots of positives and some great ideas that we can share across the school.
I visited another school, which is always a fascinating privilege, spoke with parents at the two Parent Forum meetings and showed many candidates round the school for our current School Business Manager and Family & Pupil Support Worker roles.
Wednesday was probably the highlight though. I went to the BETT Show, a huge IT exhibition, in the Excel Centre in London Docklands.
It was very helpful in finding suppliers for the various IT developments we have identified, to see new equipment and ideas and to be able to discuss ideas and creative thoughts with the many experts there. I may not understand how technology works but I know what I want it to do, which is why such events are so helpful. They also do give away lots of fun swag that my family always seem to mug me for!
Afterwards I went into London to visit two great exhibitions at the Tate Modern. I love going round art exhibitions and am a member of most of the London Galleries. The two I saw were on pop art
and sculpture. Such exhibitions give me so many ideas that I often use in school.
London is also such a stunning city to walk around with so many amazing views.
We visited the Photographer's Gallery near Oxford Street, but I have to say the actual exhibition was disappointing. Top Shop in Oxford Street went down far better with the 14 year old....can't think why?? We then went to the Tate to see the exhibition before home via the wonderful food experience that is Borough Market.
On the way back we had spent some of the journey making our own sculptures using a kit we bought in the Tate Shop...great fun.
Sunday was a lazy boy after staying up late watching 'Run Fat Boy Run'. I still managed to fit in a run over the fields before a huge breakfast and then an hour in Whitstable popping into shops and walking on the beech. Topped off by syrup sponge and custard in the Neptune!