Some of our alliance schools are already engaged in international work which is funded through Erasmus +. Learning from international contexts provides enriching opportunities for our staff to explore innovation in other countries. Schools already familiar with International schools work are able provide support to other teachers interested in expanding their horizons across Europe.
In collaboration with the Northampton University Research and Development team, we are also developing an exciting international research project to gain insight into responsive curriculum models which promote high levels of pupil engagement. This is intended to up skills teachers in practitioner research and involve children as student researchers. This is an ideal training opportunity if you would like your teaching staff to be skilled in practitioner research.
As well as learning from international settings, up skilling teachers in practitioner action research is a key feature of our work as an alliance. In support of this, we have created a research and development network. This is initially running as twilight training and is open to all schools within our alliance at no cost. Each participating school may send up to two staff members to the initial training sessions. Non alliance visiting members may purchase this training package. The initial training is focused on developing teachers’ research techniques so that they can engage in practitioner action research. This will enable participants to systematically explore aspects of their classroom practice with the ultimate goal of improvement. Research, in this sense, directly informs the practice of teaching and learning.
Following the initial focused training sessions, localised research hubs are developed so that teachers have an on-going supportive network of professionals to share their research ideas with. Our Inspire research and development learning platform provides a blog for staff within our alliance to exchange ideas and to report the outcomes of their research. Follow on visits to one others’ schools provides opportunities for practitioners to see the outcomes of positive change as a result of action research. New knowledge and professional learning is therefore developed by teachers for teachers.
The information below details the practitioner action research development scheduled for 2014-2015. If you would like your school to participate, please follow the link below and complete the ‘Request for Services’ form. The title of the service is ‘Practitioner Action Research Development’.
In collaboration with the University of Northampton from January 2015.