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Why Write a Scheme of Work?

Why Write a Scheme of Work?

Published on 16th June 2018 by Simon

One burning question that might present itself to a teacher, whether an NQT or someone with more experience, is 'why bother writing a scheme of work? There is no hard and fast rule for having one, but you'll notice not having one!

I've been teaching for a while now, and I live by the bospoke resources that I create for both msyelf and my learners (I don't download premade resouces; it sounds odd but knowing what I'm using is completely relevant and topical is important. I don't have time to check other peoples work in case it's full of errors, so I make my own - but I don't want to get off topic...) and one of these resources that I make is the annual Scheme of Work.

Teaching a great deal of Computer Science and ICT subjects (with some theoretical engineering thrown in for good measure) at different levels to a wide degree of different age groups and ablity levels is one thing, but not knowing what you're doing from one week to the next is another. For me, it's vital that I can shape my planning throughout the entire academic year so essentially I can relax a little more during term time. It takes several hours of solid work to put the Scheme of Work togehter (it's based entirely on the school calendar and takes into account all staff training days & bank holidays etc) in the form of a very long and colourful Excel Spreadsheet, but the end result is entirely worth it.

Additionally, its vital that Senior Leadership are satisfied that what you're delivering is in fact relevant to the particular curriculum that you're following and that support and cover staff that may need to step in during an absence know exactly what they need to be doing.

I religiously share my Scheme of Work on the VLE platforms that we use at School (we've been using Moodle for a while now but currently moving over to Google Classroom - it's the same dog but a different leg) with my students. They get to see it at the beginning of the session for a moment so they are aware of what they are doing during this session, what they did last session, and what they are doing the next one. OFTED absolutley love that - during an observation, one of my students pulled out my scheme of work on Moodle and they showed in great detail how they knew what was coming up over the coming lessons.

Lastly, I keep all files such as this as cloud-based that I can update from wherever I happen to be and are left as public documents, easily accesible by my colleages throughout the school. I can make updates that are immediatley reflected in the final version and everything is kept up to date. I never print it; it's out of date straight away.

You can find the live version here (this is a view-only link - if you really want to copy it, please do m but it's very personal to both my school and the subjects that I teach) and if you check back regularly, you will find that it is evolving more and more.