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Heads of department and subject leader checklist

a) Is the basic information provided to teachers about pupils up-to-date?

b) Have the following categories been properly identified:

  • pupils with special educational needs?
  • pupils eligble for Pupil Premium?
  • pupils with gifted and talented attributes?
  • pupils with English as an additional language?
  • pupils with high mobility?

c) Is data and/or information available for each pupil's:

  • prior attainment?
  • value-added performance?
  • assessment of current performance?

d) Has the subject performance been compared against:

  • forecast/targets for the year group and teaching group?
  • performance in other subjects in the same school?
  • performance in the same subject in similar schools?

e) Has the quality of teaching and learning been observed for:

  • a sample across teaching groups?
  • a sample across year groups?
  • all teachers, especially newly qualified teachers?

f) Has there been a scrutiny and moderation of:

  • the curriculum and lesson planning of teachers?
  • the quality of school work and homework?
  • the quality of marking and assessment?

g) Have individual or groups of pupils been involved in:

  • reviewing their progress against set targets?
  • providing feedback on their work and achievements?

h) Has there been a professional discussion/feedback with teachers on:

  • pupil performance and the educational standards achieved?
  • the quality of teaching and learning?
  • the quality of curriculum planning and resources?
  • the moderation and assessment of pupils' work (internal/external)?

i) Has there been a review and feedback from the leadership team on:

  • subject performance in national tests and public examinations?
  • performance against agreed targets?
  • progress against agreed improvement priorities?
  • areas for further improvement or development priorities?


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