Should teachers go it alone or share across the department?

Pooling resources and teaching the same thing as your secondary colleagues does not make you any less autonomous – it simply makes life easier and your work more effective, argues Katherine Burrows

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Two years ago, I moved schools and changed departments. And it completely changed the way I worked.

At my previous school, all schemes of work were shared freely in a central area and topics were taught simultaneously across the department.

My new department could not have been more different: we were in silos, our classrooms were our own, and our teaching choices and resources were our own, too.

My current department is now moving much more towards a unified system, especially for GCSE, with text and topic choices being dictated by the head of department. But this approach has been met with ...

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