If you are a Head of Department then you will probably want to devise a method to ensure that standards are being met with things like the whole school marking policy. There are various ways of doing this but I recommend a collaborative approach. The method of snooping in pupils exercise books to make judgments about teachers and pupils will only create hostility and friction. No one wants to feel like they are being watched. I would hope schools have moved on from this approach.
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We have devised a form that can be used to illicit discussion during departmental meetings. Ask you staff members to bring a top, middle and bottom sample of work (probably an exercise book or folder) to the meeting and in groups discuss the points on the form. The form is designed to make professional judgments about the standard of work produced by pupils using subject specialists.
The form has been used with great success in a number of schools and can be downloaded from this site for a cost of £5.00. Payments are made via PayPal.
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