I have been asked by the Head's PA at my new school to compile a list of the things that I would like for the day that I will go and visit. I will be starting as Head of Faculty.
Before I compile that list I want to think carefully about why I will need the information I ask for. My major worry is that I won't hit the ground running and put the faculty back while I learn the ropes of the new school. I know that I am capable of being a good head of faculty if I have a strategy and a good understanding of how things need to move forward. So I need to find out what is working well in the faculty and what needs to be improved.
How do I do that? More importantly how do I do it while inspiring confidence from my new colleagues and not irritating them.
The list in the ASE/SEP resource pack for Heads of Faculty involves
- School development plan
- School handbook
- Departmental handbook, including health and safety policies and name of radiation protection officer (if necessary)
- 2010-11 and 2011-12 department development plans
- Exam results and any analysis student data/tracking within science department
- Copies of any internal/external reviews on the department
- Whole department timetable
- Schemes of work
- Access to class lists
- Information on current budget information on how to bid for capitation
- Another head of faculty to buddy up with
- Performance management procedure
- Observation cycles
- Copies of minutes of departmental meetings if available
- Job descriptions of the post holders I line manage
My main question though is what is expected of me. Will I be able to get that information from paperwork?