The 6 steps to hitting your target

Teachers are set targets – and set them for others – multiple times every day. But, despite this, training on goal-setting theory in education is negligible, if not nonexistent. From nudge theory to ‘referees’, Marc Smith outlines the research you need to know to help everyone in school hit their own personal bullseye

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Emma looked at her targets. She then looked at the targets she had set her senior leadership team. Next, she looked at the targets that had been set for the heads of department.

She paused. Already, the number of targets set in her school seemed a little…excessive. But Emma was not yet done.

She looked through the targets each head of department had set each teacher. This was a large secondary school – there were many, many staff. There were many, many targets.

And then she looked at the targets those teachers had set their teaching assistants.

Finally, she looked at the targets the ...

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