Managing primary schools

5th October 2001 at 01:00
Although there are processes for consultation, primary teachers are not as engaged in collaborative working as they might be, it was suggested at last week's Scottish Educational Research Association conference in Dundee.

The discussion was led by Brian Morris, education lecturer at Stirling University and tutor for the Scottish Qualification for Headship. Working with the SQH offers fascinating insights into how people manage situations, he says.

Sybelle Reay, assistant head at Hecklegirth Primary, Dumfries and Galloway, reported on a buddy system for staff. Instead of a working party producing policy, guidelines and teaching materials, her school adopted a telephone tree approach. First she worked with a colleague on writing and reading in the classroom, then each worked with another colleague and shared practice.

A headteacher talked about accepting a slower pace of innovation than you might like, giving teachers time to think through curriculum developments.

SERA reports will be available online at www.leeds.ac.ukeducol

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