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Tim Matthews

Tim is Deputy Headteacher at Oriel High School. His goal is to help teachers reflect on their practice and improve, ultimately providing better outcomes for learners.
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10 tips on how to be a better Subject Leader

Posted by Tim Matthews on 1 September, 2017

Tim Matthews is Deputy Headteacher at Oriel High School. As well as creating this helpful blog, he has also built a useful group in the IRIS Connect platform, ‘Leading A Self Improving Department'. It's a great starting point if you are taking your first steps as a Subject Leader or are looking to review how you are doing things.  It's FREE to our customers. Click here to login and join today >


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As the summer break draws to a close, thoughts naturally turn to the academic year ahead. If you are either an established Subject Leader or are taking your first steps into subject leadership - good luck for the year ahead!

On my first day as a new Subject Leader I remember walking into school nursing an emotional cocktail of pride, 

excitement, nervousness and an inescapable feeling that I would be "found out" probably by the end of the day and certainly by the end of the first week.

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Working towards a sustainable self-improving school system

Posted by Tim Matthews on 13 May, 2016

#ShapingCPD​Last month, IRIS Connect and the University of Cambridge hosted the annual ‘Shaping the future of CPD conference’. This year’s focus being the current recruitment and retention crisis in education and whether professional learning could help to resolve it. Pre-register for this years Shaping the Future of CPD report to find out more about this theme.

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4 principles for improving teaching: a deputy headteacher’s story

Posted by Tim Matthews on 30 March, 2016

tim matthews deputy headteacher oriel high schoolStarting a new job as a Deputy Headteacher is a daunting task, especially when the title includes words such as ‘responsible for’ and ‘quality & standards’

My mind went into overdrive after securing the position at Oriel High School, as the enormity of the task ahead set in. Assuring the quality of teaching across approximately 100 individuals and securing continuous improvement in outcomes for around 1,400 students made herding cats seem like an easy task! 

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