• Different schools, same problem What value teacher research and inquiry?

      Poultney, Valerie; University of Derby (British Education Research Association, 2020-02-21)
      Robust school leadership is seen as the most effective route by which schools and outcomes for students can be achieved (Greany, 2015). But how does a headteacher of a school graded ‘outstanding’ by the inspectorate maintain the motivation of its teachers to work consistently at this highest level? I am a university academic, and recently I was in conversation with the head of an outstanding secondary school about this issue. He explained that most of his staff are graded as ‘very good’/‘outstanding’, and student outcomes are consistently above the national norm. The school is not aligned with a teaching school alliance, nor is it part of a multi-academy trust (MAT). Networking with other teacher professionals is limited because of a restricted budget for cover teachers and for fear of compromising standards in the long term. We talked about teacher research to encourage staff to engage with wider external networks, in order to keep them motivated about practice. This might open opportunities for dissemination to enable the staff to adopt a more critical perspective on their work. He seemed interested.
    • Professional learning communities and teacher enquiry

      Fox, Alison; Poultney, Valerie; The Open University; University of Derby (Critical Publishing, 2020-03-16)
      Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Enquiry as part of the book series Evidence-based Teaching for Enquiring Teachers provides a critical overview of different ways of thinking about professional learning as a social process through collaborative and collective activity. These conceptualisations are illustrated through their application in a range of international settings to allow a critical examination of the opportunities and challenges they present to teachers and school leaders. Case studies offer insights into the way the factors affecting collaborative professional learning play out in particular contexts. The book includes practical recommendations about how to facilitate and engage with collaborative teacher enquiry, based on published evidence. Chapters weigh up the benefits and challenges of the approaches covered and suggest either actions or questions for those of you as readers wishing to act them in your own setting. The book concludes with support for action planning, which includes evaluation of the success of any intervention initiated.