Where Will I Do My Pineapples?

How a newly appointed Curriculum Deputy stays focussed on people and learning in the face of questions like 'How many RJ45s do you want?' and 'Would that be Cat 4 or 5 cabling?'

Author: Gill Kelly

Publisher: Crown House Publishing
ISBN: 1845906969
Publication Date: 01/09/2011
Price £10.99

NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE. Add this to the relentless drive to raise standards as well as organising the timetable, teaching, doing break duty and offering a friendly ear to staff... you get the picture. This is the story of a community placed in an enviable position of receiving funding to build a new campus and the technology to transform learning. What is discovered very early on, is that no one had considered the human impact of such a project. This book seeks to do exactly that. The process of community engagement is addressed as well as the psychology of human behaviours that emerge in such a context. Written through the perspective of a senior leader, with many amusing and bizarre stories, the book describes how the struggle and effort required to keep sound educational principles at the heart of a project is worth it. What came out of the process was a building that had a variety of learning spaces, fully trained staff, modern ICT and a bespoke year 7 transition curriculum. It was the only school building in the country to be delivered on time, within budget, with a ground breaking CPD programme. This is not to say that everything went smoothly. There was a lot of pain along the way, and many lessons learned about how to manage change. Perhaps more significantly, `Where will I do my pineapples? is about people and the potential to change millions of lives. We should start with consideration of human needs and end with it.