Aim: To write a 200-400 word explanation of the needs for keeping records and a description of the types of records you would maintain.
It is absolutely essential that a teacher holds and maintains relevant and up-to-date records not only on his/her students but also on the lessons that are going to be and have already been taught.
In fact, record keeping is probably in the region of around 90% of the work required of a teacher, with only 10% being the actual teaching!
It is important that personal student records are stored (in a lockable cabinet) so that knowledge of individual student needs are known, such as any learning difficulties which would require additional support in the classroom. These personal records would also contain information about emergency contacts and personal details including address and telephone numbers for the student.
Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) for each individual student will also be maintained, which will include detailed targets and goals for the student to be working towards. These ILP’s are live documents, which mean that they are constantly changing and evolving along with the students’ goals and aspirations. This document will help ensure that a student remains focused on achieving relevant targets and provides a working document for a teacher to track progress and record achievements, moving goalposts as appropriate but always ensuring a student remains motivated, encouraged and supported at all times.
A Scheme of Work (SoW) is created by a teacher and is also a live, working document which clearly outlines the content and structure of a course, programme or topic. The SoW clearly maps out resource requirements, relating to staffing and consumables / materials. It gives an overview of each session and provides a valuable tool for reference in terms of evaluation and review, as well as providing the stepping stones for the creation of the more detailed Lesson Plans (LP). A...