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Hello!

 

I'm new to this and haven't done supervisions before.

 

I've got a form to fill out but I'd appreciate any hints or tips when carrying them out?

 

My deputy has already got on the defence thinking I'm doing it as I have concerns. Trying to explain that it's good practice for them to be done every 6 weeks....

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Hi, tell your deputy it's not only good practice but a requirement of the eyfs framework and that you don't have any choice, ofsted do check that you carry out supervisions, admittedly after doing them for a few years now every half term we have moved to only termly but I make staff aware that any concerns or issues they have are raised straightaway and not left until their next supervision, equally if I need to discuss anything I will raise it before then. I give my staff a form to complete prior to their supervision with the same areas that will be discussed during supervision, this gives me time to look into anything, research training they're interested in etc...I have safeguarding, key children development, practice, provision, cpd and other on mine (I think), they are useful to have that time 1:1 with staff, not only to discuss improvements but also to praise good practice, I try to allow 30 mins for each, but you soon learn who will want to be done in 5 minutes or who would still be their 2hrs later giving their opinion on anything and everything ! good luck you'll be fine :-)

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We have annual appraisals which go through every aspect of a persons job description and which include self-evaluation in advance. From these, we set a series of targets for the year which are reviewed after 6 months. At both of these we also raise the ongoing suitability, health, Cp concerns and key children questions.

We also have supervision meeting requests which are instigated by staff - they can ask at any time for a formal meeting with any other member of staff, or a Director or the owner. They say whether that needs to be immediate, today, this week, when convenient. This works on many levels; it stops that awful "can I have a quick word?" when you first arrive at work (which is usually about 'can I go to my child's class assembly'). It also means that staff know that everyone from the brand new L2 apprentice up to the Directors has the opportunity to make us drop everything to deal with an issue that is important to them. At staff meetings we talked about how scared some staff have been (Plymouth review) about speaking up about management, this system means that staff can go 'above' the management or formally speak to a friend if they have any concerns. So far, it is working well - we have had some serious issues raised and dealt with.

There are some resources in the Resource library that might be useful for you :1b

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