Kevin Fear: This is how I work

I am Kevin Fear and this is how I work

Twitter: @kevinfear


Current job: Headmaster at Nottingham High School

Been a teacher since: September 2000

Location: Nottingham High School

Current mobile device: Ipad and Iphone 5

Current computer: Samsung R580 Laptop

School-issued devices: Ipad and Iphone 5

One word that best describes how you work: Constantly!

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

Make huge use of Microsoft Outlook which synchs with iphone and laptop.  My P.A. manages my diary but I totally rely on an electronic diary.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

As a Head I don’t teach any lessons but in terms of keeping on top of my tasks I make significant use of the  Outlook tasks function.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

I try to block the time to ensure that there is some family time but I also have to attend school sports’ fixtures and help run my son’s local football team.  Inevitably though there is a lot of work to do each weekend.

What do you do during school holidays?

I try to ensure that I get a proper break for at least part of each holiday.  Going away soon after term ends in the summer ensures this and helps to recharge the batteries. I do though have to use some of the holiday to work in but try to plan for the days I am going to do this around what my family are up to.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Couldn’t live without Microsoft Outlook. In terms of apps use iMLite for tasks or TaskTask, Tweetdeck for Twitter, Times newspaper app, Spotify.

What offline tools can’t you live without?

A fountain pen, my briefcase and various folders which I sort my work into.

What’s your main workspace like?

I try to keep it as clean of paper as I possibly can, the tidier it is the more effective my work is.  Both my desk at home and at school I try only to have what I am actually working on at the time on the desk, I don’t always succeed in this!

What do you listen to while you work?

At school no music at all.  At home I do make use of Spotify but if I need to concentrate hard then I have no music on at all.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

I try each Sunday afternoon to get my email inbox down to zero.  I will create tasks of anything that needs to be done and then delete the email.  I receive about 500 emails a week so ensuring that they are all dealt with or made into tasks ensures that I can see the wood from the trees.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Outlook tasks on the PC or iMLite on the ipad.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Sat Nav in car for when I am out and about.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Nothing, I am always learning positive things from others.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Try to get to bed at the same time pretty much every day and always fall asleep very quickly. Tend though to be early to bed and early to rise as I am more of a morning person.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Unusually as a Head I feel that I am more of an introvert.  However, I have a strong belief that to be an effective head you need to develop the best in other people and the role is never about your own self-glory so this has never been a problem.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

As a Head always be yourself.  Don’t put on any false pretences and your own integrity will shine through.

I would like to I’d like to see @josepicardo answer these same questions.


Many thanks to Kevin for agreeing to post here. Other This Is How I Work posts are available here.

Kevin Fear: This is how I work

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