Developing school Quickstarts - whole school policy is whole-school practice.
In real-life a ‘Quickstart’ guide is usually provided for electrical items like I-Pods or telephones. The guides have just enough information to allow the user to get started with a fuller manual available on-line. In educational terms, the ‘Quickstart’ does the same job – i.e. a whole-school policy on Marking and Feedback is reduced to one side of A4 – containing the practicalities that teachers will need to know to get the policy to work.
'Quickstarts’ can be developed from any school policy or approach, but tend to be most successful for Marking and Feedback, Working Walls (Literacy and Mathematics), planning, a whole-school approach to Guided Reading, target-setting and target-getting. By compiling a short handbook of main policy areas, Senior Leadership Teams know that they have a resource that will support any member of staff in school, but also any Supply teachers and students working with the school over a number of weeks.
Quickstarts – Bite-size policy
- Marking and Feedback
- Working Walls (Literacy and Mathematics)
- Guided Reading
- Target-setting and target-getting
- Support Pupil Voice Audits
Any adult working in the school – especially useful for Supply teachers and students working in the school.
Education Works agrees the list of policies to be converted into Quickstart guides. Sam Adams then creates the ‘Quickstarts’ for the school with input from staff if desired. In the best cases, staff are actively involved in the process – e.g. taking a highlighter to the school’s Marking and Feedback Policy to ‘tease out’ the practicalities. The results are then produced as a six-point guide for whole-school use. Education Works then provides on-going support in any review process.
The Quickstart guides ensure that whole-school agreed policy is whole-school agreed practice.‘Quickstarts’ become an internal auditing tool for schools – using your own criteria within your own agreed documentation to audit your own practice.
Inform your practice today by downloading our Quickstart Guide for Literacy and Quickstart Guide for Mathematics. Take a look at Working Walls in action and see how EW schools are making excellent use of them to underpin effective teaching and learning.