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Stories of change - moving from '4' to '3'

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Created on 23 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 April 2010 by ncetm_administrator

After 12 years teaching, including 5 years as second in department, I moved school to take up my first role as subject leader. The department consisted of a fragmented team who rarely spoke about the development of mathematics in the school. The pupils in the school held negative views about the subject, and the classrooms were generally in a poor state of decoration. The school calendar did not provide sufficient meeting time to address these issues as a team, but I felt it was important to provide something to get things moving in a positive direction. I created a handbook for the department which included a vision statement and policies on presentation, equipment, marking, discipline and sickness – all of which were lifted from the handbook at my previous school. This handbook was given to members of the department at the end of my first term in post. 

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