Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Unit 7 Timetable and Teacher Record Keeping

This section outlines the requirements for headteachers to follow the guidelines relating to the use of national timetables in nursery and primary schools and the construction of timetables in secondary schools. Along with this is information on the analysis of the curriculum and how to set it out.

It is essential that all teachers keep records of their work. In all schools, this is done in an incremental fashion and each section is related to the next. Explanations are given as to the way schemes of work evolve into lesson plans and subsequently into the evaluation of lessons. Lesson plans, for which there is a set format, are derived from the Termly Scheme of Work developed by individual teachers, which in turn come from the Annual Scheme of Work which is for a particular subject, year group or grade and prepared by the HOD or Divisional Head. This Annual Scheme is derived from the General Scheme of Work for the school which is prepared by the head and approved by the Department of Education. Examples of all of these and how they should be laid out are provided in the guidelines.

Now read thoroughly pages 55 – 75 of the guidelines “School Records and Documents”.

Now complete the following activities in your portfolio. You should try to do so with as little reference to the guidelines as possible, only referring to them at the end when you should check your answers and correct them where necessary.

Activities Unit Seven

7.1 Reflect for a moment on what has been described above and consider whether this system is working well in your school.

7.2 Look at some of the lesson plans and evaluations of lessons provided by teachers in your school and comment on their quality.

7.3 What are the consequences for the quality of learning and teaching when teachers do not complete schemes of work and lesson plans before the lessons take place?

7.4 If you found yourself in a situation where teachers were not complying with the regulations as stated in the guidelines, how would you deal with the matter and support them in their work?

7.5 Why do you feel that each scheme and plan must be approved by the immediate supervisors?

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