Does your school or department call staff meetings for every little issue? Do you spend more time sitting around a table than on your feet teaching? Paul Gammans discusses how meetings could be structured to be more effective, efficient and productive

Over the last two or three years, I have lost count of how many meetings are in the calendar: leadership and management team meetings, staff meetings, faculty meetings, house meetings, link meetings with the senior leadership team, link meetings with my heads of department, whole-staff morning briefings, faculty morning briefings, house team morning briefings, regular CPD, research groups, individual staff appraisals, review meetings – the list goes on.

Somewhere, between attending all those meetings, writing thousands of words of self-assessment review paperwork and marking 200 books, I manage to do a bit of teaching. Sometimes.

What is even more baffling than this, however, is that no matter how many meetings we are subjected to throughout the weeks and months, there are an absurd number of staff who still want more!

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