Life After GCSEs - What to do with Gained Time
Depending on your school’s policy, you may end up with some gained time after your year 11s leave. Just as the pupils (and - let’s face it - you!) are winding down for the Summer break, it’s worth considering how to best spend your time. At this point in the year, I could take advantage of having less after-school duties and administrative tasks and so carrying out some of the much needed maintenance on my practice or take time for the handy opportunities gained time presents. I loved the increase in freedom at this point of the year and found it so useful to chat with my colleagues and friends in other schools about how they use theirs. Everyone is a bit different but we all seem to agree that the opportunity to interact with and casually observe colleagues is right up at the top of the list.
1) Clear out the last year
The gained time in the final term is an opportunity for me to address this issue, after all - a tidy room, a tidy mind! I begin by having a huge clear out of recyclable materials. Each year, folders upon folders of out of date worksheets, assessment papers and photocopies end up in a huge pile on my classroom floor as I purge my classroom of its unnecessary bumf. I address the books and stationery: first removing any broken, empty or useless stationery, before organising and ordering all workbooks, banishing any which won’t be required in September to a cupboard. None of this seems remotely possible with the usual heaps of marking to do and as such, is always left for gained time.
2) Share some good practice
3) Get ready to hit September strong
If you need to contact an agency about a potential trip for after half term, ring them on Tuesday in 5th period when you’d normally have year 11; if you know you need to photocopy the exams for your year 10 mocks and always run out of time - use that Monday morning double where you’d usually have had that class.
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