Interpreting the language of your senior leadership team can be challenging. When I was a head, I was obviously never guilty of using euphemistic language, but I do know it is common. Every school has its own unique vernacular, but here are five universal phrases to watch out for:
- “We have some exciting times ahead!”
The funding freeze means that we have no money and we'll be making cuts. And it's likely to be a bit more substantial than reducing the number of dessert options in the canteen.
- “You’ve made some really helpful points in this staff meeting.”
We only held this meeting out of courtesy as we've already made our decision.
- “We have some really interesting students joining us this year.”
Dig out your best behaviour management techniques and lock away anything of cursory value.
- “Here’s a great CPD opportunity for you…”
I really don't want to rewrite the stretch and challenge policy/head up an assessment working group/mentor a PGCE student. Could you do it instead?
- “Sorry, I would love to meet this afternoon to discuss your difficult class, but I’ve been called to an urgent meeting at county hall.”
Can’t stop, there’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal on wine in the local supermarket that I must take advantage of.
John Perry was talking to Nicola Davison. He is an education consultant and former headteacher