Last reviewed on 6 May 2022
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Find out how you can monitor with purpose so you don't overload staff with unnecessary monitoring. Plus, see examples of policies from schools.

In a secondary school, department leads will likely decide their own monitoring schedule.

However, depending on the size and structure of your school you may do your monitoring differently, so follow the guidance that suits you. For example, if you set your monitoring schedule as a whole school but you're in a secondary, you can follow the primary guidance (by clicking on the tab above). 

1. Don't monitor everything, select your priorities 

Subject/department leads – Use your department action plan to establish your priorities. You'll have developed this in line with your SIP so it should fit with your whole-school priorities.

Your SIP may have some priorities that only apply to particular subjects, but there should also be some priorities that are relevant to every subject. 

Decide which activities you'll do throughout the year. For each activity, you need to be confident that the advantages (i.e. the impact) outweigh the disadvantages (e.g. interruption to teaching