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January 06, 2007

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Ewan McIntosh

20% time came in for some criticism for not really being innovative enough these days in the search business, but I think in education it could work really well. It also has to be accompanied by weekly open office policies of the entire SMT so that ideas can be brought and shown for, say, 7 minutes a time. It's no good giving people time if the SMT then ignore it or don't implement things because they demand time, money or other resources.

By giving people the room to get enthusiastic the SMT also have to be enthusiastic on the same level and not work on the "yes, but..." philosophy that, in almost every school, they are renowned for.

Where there is a will there is *always* a way.

OllieBray

Yes I agree. I think it would work really well within education. I think a positive start would be an in-service day when individuals could showcase 7 minutes of good practice to colleagues. I would love to see this more inbuilt into the school day (we just need to get rid of the fictitious 35 hour week!). Some of our departments at MGS (eg: maths and CDT) have started to use this showcase format for some of their departmental meetings – it’s been really successful. But if we are going to break down subject boundaries and encourage cross-curricular links we need to disseminate this information more widely. Any thoughts on the supplier of large bouncing balls? See you Monday! Ollie

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