Ensure accountability lines are clearly understood
Using a Kanban board requires a culture change as it will impact how you communicate in your school. Once in place though you will notice that:
Details do not get forgotten
Leaders are empowered
Problems are raised early and do not rely on you finding our what is going on
Start with the paper version until all your leaders are up to speed. Move to an electronic version after. If you move to the an electronic version too early, it will promote isolation rather than a collaborative approach.
when you need to inject pace and empower your leaders
Ideally used in conjunction with the Kanban board
Split tasks into 3 categories:
Housekeeping: regular task
Deliberate: 3 week focus
Too many immediate tasks mean poor planning
Leaders are always keen to showcase their work. Asking for a report will very often lead to a descriptive text about their work.
Hand out a template instead:
Where were you?
What did you aim to do as a result (not how you did it)?
What are the results now (ie what was your impact)?
What do you intend to do as a result?
What is your expected result?
If you give the template as an excel sheet, you can easily copy paste them and feed them into your SER/ SDP process
A Quick way to find out whether any child is being lost on the way.
In a staff (teachers) meeting give each teacher a list of their pupils and ask them to rag their progress in English/ Welsh and numeracy:
Green: is working according to expectations or above
Amber: is working below expectations
Red: Cannot answer
Get the coloured pens back and ask staff to identify their pupils as
Ask to work out data:
% green Core
% Green MAT
All findings back to the SLT for checking
There should be no gap between targets and ragging results. If there is a gap, now is a good time to find out why.