Presented by:
Bev West
Head of Senior School
Kinross Wolaroi School
Monday 10 September 2012
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the HOD is placed between the executive and
his/her faculty
relating too well to one can be perceived as
neglecting the other
the HOD can also be caught between parents
and staff
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big city inter-school competition
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regional and remote schools
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older staff whose skills and experience are
hard to replace
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older staff who are rusted on and won’t go
and/or make life difficult for younger staff
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newer staff who are under-skilled but don’t
know or won’t admit it
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newer staff who are so timid and lacking in
confidence that kids walk all over them
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a luxury
élitist
a nuisance
unimportant
uneconomical
hard to staff
taught by crazies or people who are hard to
get along with
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languages are difficult
they compete with very groovy subjects
parity of electives
quantity vs quality of students
boys
staff sometimes shoot themselves in the foot
syllabus
BOS 100 hours
HSC exam and its components
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difficult conversations
dealing with management
long hours
being seen as not understanding what it’s
like to be on a full load
tendency to be a control freak
how to stop doing it all yourself
running faculty meetings so they are not
dominated by one powerful voice
GOYA
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Speak directly to the Principal – and often
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Have a solution-focus
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Look the part
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Be seen to be onside
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Build alliances with members of the executive
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Try to see the big picture but…
Don’t be shy about the value of your subject
and its intellectual and PR worth
Take and accept responsibility for your
faculty
Be professional about deadlines, exams,
marking, attendance at meetings
Go the extra mile
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Be proactive with the students you want –
challenge them
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Institute a peer observation regime
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Be part of a network or team beyond your
school
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Nothing succeeds like success
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Challenges Facing a Head of Languages