We are looking forward today to our annual conference on the theme of ‘the impact of research in a school-university partnership: closing the gap’. Over 70 members of our network will have the opportunity to hear a keynote from Dr Frank Cornelissen (working with us this year exploring school research networks as a Marie Curie Scholar) and attend a lively programme of networking, workshops and discussions. Our MEd cohort will also display posters on their thesis projects. Further updates will follow!
Workshop 1 (GS5)
Exploring strategic benefits of the network survey for school improvement
Following Frank’s Keynote presentation the workshop will facilitate a discussion around the possible and various uses of the network survey study and offer some suggestions and strategies for using the outcomes of our current partnership study in view of strategic planning and school development: a perfect opportunity to explore ideas and potential strategies to enhance school improvement
Presenter: Frank Cornelissen & FacultyFacilitator: Ros McLellan, Faculty
Workshop 2 (GS1)
Mind the Gap: Does understanding Mindset help to close the gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students in Year 8?
We will set the context of research and SUPER at Impington. The session will share reflections on our whole school research into mindset in Year 8. Staff will be asked to reflect their own schools and practice throughout. We will share findings of our Year 8 questionnaire of whole cohort: patterns, results. We will share the findings revealed by our follow up semi structured interviews. We will discuss how we used learning lunches and teas to get a wider range of staff involved in research and conscious of research methods and issues. We will show we have used the results with staff. The results present a number of implications for teaching and learning and we have made some recommendations for the future. A write up of these issues will be available as a take away in the form of the Impact Volume 2 – our in-house research journal.
Presenter: Mike Murray, Impington Village College & Facilitator: Dave Bennett, Sharnbrook Upper School
Workshop 3 (2S7)
Tweet it, blog it, publish it! Going viral with our research – Writing Workshop
This workshop will look at the range of ways teachers can share the research they carry out in their classrooms and schools.There will be opportunities to discuss ideas and strategies that have worked as well as exploring the possibilities offered through social media and more traditional forms of writing.We will also investigate in our workshop the barriers to teacher writing and what we can do to reduce these and therefore share more effectively the work we complete.At the heart of the workshop will be the opportunity to write and disseminate interesting findings from our schools and classrooms on the SUPER blog.Let’s start as we mean to go on!
Presenters: Liz Duncombe, Stratton Upper School; Bethan Morgan, Faculty of Education: Jennie Richards, Emeritus Sharnbrook & Facilitator: Clare Hood, Samuel Whitbread.
Workshop 4 (2S8)
Weaving research into Performance Management
Samuel Whitbread Academy has been exploring the using research questions to frame improvement plans on an academy, department and individual basis over the past year. Staff have moved away from setting targets and reviewing these, to actively pursuing projects framed by their research questions. This culture change is very much in its early stages. This interactive workshop will explain the process, and feedback our initial findings from the past year whilst posing questions to engage in delegates in discussion and to help take our work forwards.
Presenters: Clare Hood and Dave Goode, Samuel Whitbread Academy & Facilitator: Abi Thurgood Buss, Dunmow Consortium.
Workshop 5 (GS1)
Using interventions to enhance outcomes for Pupil Premium students
During the workshop teachers from Bottisham and Soham Village Colleges will share intervention strategies they have been using to support pupil premium students. Those attending the workshop will be encouraged to share their own strategies and to have an opportunity to work collaboratively to consider how these could be developed further in their own schools.
Presenters: Jenny Rankine and Lee Anderson, Bottisham Village College; Alice Creswell, Soham Village College & Facilitator: Jan Schofield, Faculty
Workshop 6 (2S7)
Approaches to leading improvements in literacy from a primary and secondary perspective:two case-studies
Maple Tree Lower School and Biddenham School present case-studies of whole-school literacy improvement projects ‘Myflo’ and ‘CLIK’ designed to close the gap in learners’ communication skills.Presentations reflect on the process of leading research-informed improvement which sustains the engagement of staff and students.The workshop will include opportunities for discussion and reflection on emergent themes.
Presenters: Pauline Duncombe and Alison Hyndman, Maple Tree Lower School; Ruth Pineda and Doug Wise, Biddenham School & Facilitator: Jennie Richards, Emeritus Sharnbrook.