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This page is updated with Teacher Education News, details of research along with any teaching events being run by our partner schools. It also has details of all the upcoming 'important' dates for your calendars.

Latest News

 

 The Somerset Centre for Integra‌ted Learning

Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning

Foundation Degree in Learning and Development - Early Years to 19

The Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL) has asked us to circulate details of their two-year Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning, and the two year Foundation Degree in Learning and Development from Early Years to Adolescences (0-19).  SCIL are working with the University of Worcester.  Further information is available from SCIL on 0300 123 1967 or SCIL@somerset.gov.uk.

 

For teenagers nearing the end of their Secondary Education:

Invitation to an Intensive one-week long summer course in Data Science, University of Exeter Streatham Campus, 26-30 August 2019. 

The University of Exeter would like to invite you to take part in an intensive one-week long summer course in Data Science to help test the content and teaching approaches used. This brand new course aims to provide students with an overview of data science as an emerging field that is likely to have great impacts on many aspects of our daily lives in the years to come.
 
The course is open to teenagers who are nearing the end of their secondary education and have an interest in data science in general and developing analytical skills with R in particular. While the course does not assume prior background in mathematics or statistics, we aim to teach a set of skills and principles that are often considered fundamental to the field.

Please see further information in the invitation letter below:

https://www.dseducation.net/blog/letter

 

Building the Future of Primary Religious Education


Ruth Flanagan, Subject Lead for Primary Humanities at the Graduate School of Education, is helping to organise this conference which "considers good practice in the light of the Commission on Religious Education's recommendations to improve Primary RE in ITE in HEI and school-based training". Ruth will also be running one of the sessions.  For further information and to book places please see https://www.onlinestore.mdx.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-professional-and-social-sciences/conference-health-education/building-the-future-of-primary-religious-education

 

Women in Leadership

"Women in Leadership (WiL) is a highly personalised programme designed to suit your needs and your stage of leadership and ambition.

The programme, offered in partnership by The Affinity Teaching Alliance (TATA) and the Redstart Teaching Alliance (RTA), is funded by the Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund.

The main aim of the programme is to give women the confidence and support to progress into a leadership position. You may currently work in a middle leadership role and are now looking for the next step or you're maybe just considering your first step into leadership.  Whether you are in full-time teaching or on maternity leave considering which way your career is going, this programme will support and challenge you."

Full details of this programme are available at Women in Leadership training

 

Awards - Gender Action Schools Award

"The Gender Action Schools Award is structured to support teachers to put in place systems and behaviours that allow students to be truly able to make choices free from gender stereotypical lines. Tiered recognition provides a tool to measure progress".

Further information is available at www.genderaction.co.uk/awards

 

Research Opportunities

 

Exploring the Experiences and Perspectives of Senior Leaders in Secondary Schools on off rolling

Helen Knowler, Lecturer in Education at the Graduate School of Education,is currently undertaking a research project exploring the experiences and perspectives of senior leaders in secondary schools on off rolling. We think this research is important because to date there has been a focus on data to show that there are some unexplained pupils movements and even suggestions of ‘naming and shaming’ schools.  We are working from the premise that we need to better understand the issues that senior leaders are facing that mean off rolling is more likely to happen.  We want to do research that is based upon listening to senior leaders and is not judgmental or blaming.

We would like to hear from anyone who is part of a senior leadership team and we want to assure you that this research has full ethical approval through Graduate School of Education Ethics Officers and your contribution to this work will be anonymous.

We would be grateful if you could take 15 mins to do our online questionnaire which can be found by clicking the link below: https://exeter.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/off-rolling-2019-ex

If you have further questions please do email Helen on h.knowler@exeter.ac.uk.

The deadline for completing the survey is 12 July 2019.

 

 

A mixed methods study of early career teachers’ experiences as mentees and their perceptions of the effectiveness of the mentoring they receive

Sian Holton, an MA Education student at the University of Exeter is completing a dissertation exploring mentoring practices in Primary schools. This study is examining the mentoring that takes place during the first few years of a teacher’s career.

She would like fully qualified Primary School teachers with 1-5 years teaching experience to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire is confidential and should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Please contact Sian with any questions or concerns about the research at sh720@exeter.ac.uk

Here's the link to the questionnaire https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/L8XZ8/

 

 

How can we all work together better to ensure Science teaching is evidence informed?

The Wellcome Education and Learning Team have contacted us to say that they will be seeking proposals for projects that support science teachers in primary and secondary schools to engage with research and/or carry out research on their practice. They will soon be issuing two requests for proposals, one exploring teachers engaging with research and another exploring teachers carrying out research.

If you would like to collaborate with Graduate School of Education on a proposal, please contact Lindsay Hetherington, Senior Lecturer in Science Education at l.hetherington@exeter.ac.uk or Justin Dillon, Professor of Science and Environmental Education at j.s.dillon@exeter.ac.uk for further details. Justin is attending an event at Wellcome on 3 June. Please email him to express your interest in finding out more about either strand, outlining your particular topic of research interest if you have one, by 31 May. The day at Wellcome is open to school partners to attend directly too, of course, and if you let us know of your interest we will forward your name to Wellcome to receive the online registration.

 

News from Partner Schools

 

 

 International Thinking Schools Conference, June 2019

 

 


 

 

Induction Training Days

Tuesday 1 October 2019:    Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester

Thursday 3 October 2019:   St Austell Conference Centre, St Austell

Tuesday 8 October 2019:    Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton

Thursday 10 October 2019: Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh

 

Please contact exeterpartner@exeter.ac.uk in advance to book a place.

 

Regional Citizenship Hubs, Led by teachers for teachers

The Association for Citizenship Teaching will be holding their next South West Regional Citizenship Hub meeting at University of Exeter Streatham Campus on Wednesday 19 June from 4.45 to 6.00 pm.  To sign up please visit www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk/events-cdp-training

Regional Citizenship Hubs Led by Teachers for Teachers

 

Inaugural Lecture:

"A National Disgrace: Why Learning Beyond the Classroom Matters More than Ever"

Professor Justin Dillon, Professor of Science and Environmental Education, Graduate School of Education

"Everyone remembers their school 'trips' yet we barely scratch the surface of the educational opportunities to be had beyond the classroom. The UK has an abundance of museums, science centres, heritage sites, botanic gardens, etc. often staffed with highly qualified educators. However, while some students attend schools that make use of these facilities, others don't, and it's often those children from less well-off families that consistently miss out. That is, I argue, a national disgrace and one that needs to be addressed."

This Inaugural Lecture takes place on 16 May from 18:00 to 20:30, at the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus.

To reserve tickets please see https://bit.ly/2ZXs23k

 

English In Education: Curriculum and Assessment

On 12th March English teachers and trainees from across our partnership joined the wider English teaching community for a British Educational Research Association / SWEET Chartered College hub event focused on English in Education: Curriculum and Assessment.

Our 60 attendees included researchers and teachers from the South West, London and beyond and consultants from the AQA and OCR exam boards, and explored problems and tensions within our current curriculum and assessment practices – notably the reductionism apparent in KS2 assessment, the absence of media, multimodality and drama in the curriculum, the constraints of the GCSE and the decline in uptake of English at A level.

Presentations also explored the whether a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum is possible in English, what is means to be ‘good’ at English, and what we should be teaching trainee English teachers. Our plenary ended with an agreement that there is an appetite for further collaboration – both in terms of challenging the current curriculum, and in terms of helping each other to work productively within its constraints (see below).

If you would like further information about the event, please contact Annabel Watson: a.m.watson@exeter.ac.uk  

A mixed methods study of early career teachers’ experiences as mentees and their perceptions of the effectiveness of the mentoring they receive

Sian Holton, an MA Education student at the University of Exeter is completing a dissertation exploring mentoring practices in Primary schools. This study is examining the mentoring that takes place during the first few years of a teacher’s career.

She would like fully qualified Primary School teachers with 1-5 years teaching experience to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire is confidential and should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Please contact Sian with any questions or concerns about the research at sh720@exeter.ac.uk

Here's the link to the questionnaire https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/L8XZ8/

 

 

Behaviour Management Study

Please see below for an invitation to take part in a research project, 'Behaviour management of low-level disruption in secondary schools in SW England', that is being run by Brahm Norwich.

Behaviour Management Research Project - Brahm Norwich

Thank you to everyone who contacted Brahm who has now received enough expressions of interest to go ahead. For further details please contact Brahm directly on 01392 724805 or at b.norwich@exeter.ac.uk .

 

International Thinking Schools Conference 2019

Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 June, Alexandra House Conference Centre, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 0QJ

 

Torbay Teaching School Alliance Leadership Conference 2019

TTSA will be holding a Leadership Conference on Thurday 23 May. To book places in advance (which is essential) please see the conference details.  Speakers include:

  • Debra Seale MVOP, MBE, only the fourth woman in the world to row solo across the Atlantic.  She presents "Choose your Attitude: It's not Magic, It's Mindset"
  • Roxanne Burness-Moakes: an ASD teacher at Combe Pafford School, presenting "The Stitch Project"
  • Dee Passenger, Autism Champion, Oldway Primary School, leading "Understanding Autism" Workshop
  • Lorwyn Randall, Director of Kingsbridge EEF Research School, leading "Pupil Premium: Developing Successful Learners workshop.

Further details of the conference can be found in this flyer TTSA Leadership Conference 23 May 2019

 

 

Teach Meet at Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College are holding a Teach Meet on Monday 20 May from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.



Please note there is an Eventbrite page where you can book a place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tmsouthwest-teach-meet-south-west-tickets-59138432644