#40 Michelle Thomas, Exec Head, New Wave Federation
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Michelle Thomas, executive head teacher of the New Wave Federation
Neill Melville, CAS master teacher, federated assistant head teacher, New Wave Federation
The concept of Federation
The role of the Executive Head Teacher
How to get mentorship or support when there’s no Executive Head teacher structure in place
Being a connected educator
Suggested apps for use in the classroom
Ensuring tech for good and not extending the attainment gap
Federation is about schools working together, achieving more, sharing leadership and talents.
I don’t want my staff to see themselves in a bubble of perfection.
I found bright children completely disengaged with learning
I like systems in place.
It’s a tough life being a teacher.
Being a head teacher is quite a lonely job. The hardest thing is the loneliness. Search networks is useful. Having mentors is very important as a head teacher
I am a big believer of learning from other people. That’s the beauty of Federations and Academies. Leadership makes the difference.
I started to see iPads as the hook. We put them in the classroom. It did create a spark of interest in children.
We wanted the iPad to make learning independent and get them to collaborate, work together. Take learning to another place, that we teachers couldn’t.
Don’t use an iPad if it’s much quicker on pen and paper! Think about the use of the technology, don’t have it replacing something. Because that’s not going to take it anywhere.
An appraisal system around the use of technology was key for us, not an extra add-on.
Show-casing was a quick-win that allowed us to create a competent digital team. They showed what they were able to do with technology in the classroom.
- Teach computer science in schools. Not only how to use technology but also how to create technology.
- Coding? It’s important. It is the thinking aspect of it that it is important, computational thinking can be used in other subjects.
- Computer science should be taught in a cross curricular way.
- Technology gives you the chance to show your work to a wide audience and children want to excel.
Michelle Thomas, Executive Headteacher of the New Wave Federation NLE
New Wave Teaching School
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