Teacher Leader - cohort #4
This year’s Teacher Leader programme is now well under way, with teachers from our schools and academies involved in their own exciting and innovative areas of action research. This year, the fourth year for which the programme has been running, has involved teachers from Arnold School, Ashford Prep School, Barnsley Academy, Caterham School, Kettering Bucchleuch Academy, Lambeth Academy, Lincoln Minster Prep, Manchester Academy, Stockport Academy and Walthamstow Academy.
As in previous years, the first two day session, focusing on classroom strategies and action research methodology, took place at Sheffield Hallam University, with assistance from Reg Tooth. During the two days, teachers were involved in a number of interactive sessions focusing on classroom delivery as well as having to apply their understanding of data collection, validity, reliability, qualitative and quantitative techniques etc. to a number of action research scenarios. Assistance on how to address the six core components of the PLW (Professional Learning in the Workplace) model was provided by Reg Tooth, thus enabling teachers to plan, deliver, analyse, evaluate and disseminate the work that they are currently doing as part of the Teacher Leader course. The third Teacher Leader day in London on April 29th 2010 focused on how the respective projects were developing, with particular attention being paid to the impact the interventions were having on teaching and learning in each of the aforementioned schools.
As ever, a number of highly disparate, relevant and exciting projects are currently underway, with this year’s areas of research focusing on effective assessment for learning strategies, interactive technologies, collaborative learning techniques, literacy-specific interventions and projects to raise levels of attainment and engagement in Art, English, Music, MFL, ICT and Geography.
Submission for this year’s Teacher Leaders programme can be in September 2010 or February 2011. As in previous years, it is possible to gain 30 M level points or 60 M level points by submission of a 6000 or 12000 word project. Alternatively, 60 M level points can be obtained via the submission of a 6000 word project and the completion of a 30 minute videoed presentation.