Musings of an academic manager – managing my time whilst covering for sick teachers

One of the responsibilities of being a DoS or any sort of academic manager (in general) is having to cover teachers’ classes when they fall ill. Most of us in management have probably become even more aware of this (and the pain that it brings) over the last two to three years with the COVID-19Continue reading “Musings of an academic manager – managing my time whilst covering for sick teachers”

Musing of an academic manager – The manager I’d like to be

As part of induction week and their start-of-the-year development, teachers at my academy completed the following task: This is of course the activity The teacher I’d like to be, taken from Wright and Bolitho’s brilliant book, Trainer Development. I have been using this with teachers for the past two years, and have found it reallyContinue reading “Musing of an academic manager – The manager I’d like to be”

Musings of an academic manager – the art of timetabling classes

The last two years have been interesting – especially around September. One of the most challenging aspects of running a language academy has been timetabling – working out what classes go where, and who is going to teach these classes. In this short post, I’m going to talk about some mistakes we’ve made over theContinue reading “Musings of an academic manager – the art of timetabling classes”

Musings of an academic manager – Getting ready for summer courses

Over the past three months, we have been working hard to define, plan and create materials for a range of summer courses we are delivering over July. It’s been a lot of hard work, but something that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. In this post, we’ll take a look at our goals, how we met our goals,Continue reading “Musings of an academic manager – Getting ready for summer courses”

Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump

Moving into a full-time Director of Studies position this year was something I had been looking forward to. It would mean a whole new set of challenges, and I would be able to contribute even more to the academy that I have grown to love. But boy oh boy, is it a whole new ballContinue reading “Musings of an academic manager – An update and a brain dump”