School Governor’s – Making a Difference in Middlesbrough
School governors represent the largest volunteer force in the country with approximately 1% of the adult population serving in this capacity at any one time. There are various categories of governorship as outlined in the document below which gives more information on the role of governors in our schools.
You can read more about School Governors here
Research Projects in Middlesbrough – The Results
A total of 6 of the 10 research projects funded by Exploring schools funding presented their findings at a meeting in June. The projects are:
- Sacred Heart – Sport and the influence on reading
- MSCP – Higher ability learners and transition
- Trinity – Spirals of enquiry
- Marton Manor – A combined reading approach
- Abingdon – Challenging learning
- Priory Woods- The Equals curriculum
You can read the research here
School Improvement Programme – Annual review and case study
The School Improvement Programme is rolled out to a number of schools across Middlesbrough with the aim of improving outcomes.
Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough, which provides learning for children with severe needs, has accessed and delivered a research project using School Improvement Programme funding.
The school has undertaken an annual review which outlines the programme’s great achievements and the positive impact that the new curriculum has had on pupils and teachers.
You can read the school’s annual review here
Career Framework and Continuing Professional Development for Teaching Assistants
This document is intended to support the effective deployment of teaching assistants (TAs) by providing a professional framework for TA progression.
It is aimed at those who manage or support the professional development of TAs in schools.
This document uses the term ‘teaching assistant’(TA)to cover equivalent classroom based staff, such as learning support assistants and classroom assistants.
The framework was developed by UNISON and the National Education Trust, through a series of focus groups with teaching assistants from primary, secondary and special schools. Head teacher unions were also consulted with.
Read the document here
Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants
This paper has been published to offer advice and best practice to head teachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governing boards and local authority support services.
To read the document, click here
Apply for research funding bids
Middlesbrough Council are inviting schools to consider applying for School Improvement Project funding for research led projects. Research projects are being supported by Dr Tony Leach of York St. John’s University in order to ensure that the appropriate methodology is used, that outcomes are effectively evaluated and that ethical considerations are taken into account.
Criteria for Funding Bids:
- Research projects should reflect authority wide improvement priorities
- There should be a single focus so that successful strategies can be highlighted
- Research should be focused on improving and developing practice, outcomes and provision
- A significant cohort of pupils should be impacted upon
- There should be existing research evidence which suggests this intervention is likely to have an impact
- The school should have the capacity to implement this intervention
- This intervention should have the potential to be up-scaled and shared across similar schools/cohorts
- The bid must be clearly costed on a yearly basis and indicate the expected outcomes
- It should be evident how schools will evaluate the work; there should be a focus on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation
The maximum funding available is £10,000.
If you wish to apply for funding for your project please complete the attached proforma by 7th September 2018 and your bid will be considered at the LDT meeting on September 20th 2018. If you require further information or assistance to complete the form please contact Sara Davidson on Sara_Davidson@middlesbrough.gov.uk
Institute for Teaching: The Learning Curriculum June 2018
Take a look at the latest research paper from the Institute for Teaching which has been published to help teachers to better understand how students
learn use the knowledge they have been taught.
Closing the attainment gap: key lessons learned in the EEF’s first six years
An overview of the key points learned including; the importance of implementing projects correctly and improving post 16 attainment for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Action Research. Dr Tony Leach, York St John University
A discussion of the characteristics, types, advantages and disadvantages of action research, which is often used in areas such as organisational development, education, health and social care. This paper also includes a general structure of study.
Bercow: Ten Years On
An independent review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs in England.
Case Studies. Dr Tony Leach, York St John University
Researchers often refer to case studies when describing and modeling organisations and the practices within them. The case study approach is most often used when investigating something ‘in depth.’ Find out more about different types of case study, their limitations and how best to utilise them.
Data and Assessment Hub Plan Autumn 2017 to Summer 2018
Read about key aims and activities for Learning Middlesbrough’s Data and Assessment Hub.
Ethnography. Dr Tony Leach PhD, York St John University
An approach first used in anthropology and sociology, ethnography is now being used to investigate the lived experience of culture sharing groups in education, for example teachers and teaching assistants. This paper outlines the role of ethnographers, the advantages and disadvantages of an ethnographic approach to research, and a general structure of study.
Growing Up North Report
Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner of England, has launched the final report from her Growing Up North project. The report lays out the challenges facing children in the North today. It also shows that, unless we act decisively now, the gap between children in the North and those in London is likely to grow over the next fifteen years.
Anne Longfield said: “Addressing this will not be easy, but in completing this project I am confident it can be done – because I have seen enough examples across the North, including in the most deprived areas, where it is being done. The challenge is to learn from these successes, and embed this good practice across an area, throughout a child’s life. The most important aspect of this is getting support to the children who need it most.
I want us all to demand more for the children living in entrenched disadvantaged in the North. I want to work with you to make an ambitious case for more investment in support for disadvantaged children and their schools. I believe that with work together to raise achievement, opportunities and job prospects.”
The report and accompanying research can be found here: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/growing-up-north-a-generation-of-children-await-the-powerhouse-promise/
Metacognition and self-regulated learning
An Education Endowment Foundation guidance report offering seven practical, evidence-based recommendations to support teachers to develop metacognitive knowledge and skills in their pupils. The guidance is relevant to early years practitioners, teachers, and senior leaders in primary and secondary schools, as well as those in post-16 settings.
Metacognition and self-regulated learning
A seven theme summary of recommendations by the Education Endowment Foundation
Phenomenology. Dr Tony Leach PhD, York St John University
Phenomenology is rooted in a philosophical tradition in which it is argued meanings attached to our lived-experiences in the world are social creations, and that perceptions of reality are social constructions. This paper outlines a phenomenological approach to research, examples of this approach and associated advantages and disadvantages.