Background information about School of Ambition

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Background information about School of Ambition

  1. 1. Doon Academy <ul><li>Doon Academy is a small rural school situated in the village of Dalmellington in East Ayrshire. </li></ul><ul><li>The school was one of the initial 20 schools involved in the Schools of Ambition (SoA) initiative. </li></ul>
  2. 2. The beginning <ul><li>East Ayrshire Council (EAC) – learning partnership focus. </li></ul><ul><li>HT clear vision for the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff encouraged to “think outside the box”. </li></ul><ul><li>All staff were given the opportunity to put forward ideas. </li></ul>
  3. 3. SoA working group <ul><li>SoA working group established – primary colleagues, inter-agency working and school-college links. </li></ul><ul><li>Key strands were identified. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual members of the working group developing these key strands since the initiative started. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Six Strands <ul><li>ICT – primary colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum enrichment – P.E. </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health and emotional well-being – School nurse for mental health & emotional well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational education – College staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership – DHT. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning FLaT – Maths, Arts Across the Curriculum (AAC) – Science . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Vocational Education College courses taught in school <ul><li>Motor vehicle and welding, college care. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive aspects – disengaged boys engrossed in course, curriculum more suited to their needs, additional staffing. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative aspects – tensions between college and school staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Short term issues – timetabling (start times, college staff not ready to start courses in Aug.) </li></ul><ul><li>Long term issues – less funding, less staff, dynamics of depts changing – large tech dept, small French dept. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teaching and Learning Arts Across the Curriculum – Science Department <ul><li>Close links with dance, drama and animation specialists. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive aspects – builds confidence, disenchanted pupils involved, creates good team work. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative aspects – difficult to manage with more challenging classes, time to set up (50 min period). </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges – staff training, keeping the project rolling. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other changes & initiatives <ul><li>33 period week. </li></ul><ul><li>25 minute mentor period. </li></ul><ul><li>Supported study. </li></ul><ul><li>AiFL. </li></ul><ul><li>FLaT. </li></ul><ul><li>ACfE. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Moving forward In-school Research Co-ordinator <ul><li>School based research coordinator was identified early on (September 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Remit:- organise in-school SoA working group meetings, provide support and advice for colleagues. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Going further In-school Research group <ul><li>Researchers were identified for each of the strands. </li></ul><ul><li>Initial research plans discussed at school level. </li></ul><ul><li>Draft plans (early 2007) forwarded to Research Team for comment. </li></ul><ul><li>Final plans added to the VRE (Virtual Research Environment). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recent visits by the Research Team <ul><li>Interviews with in-school researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Previous involvement with research and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming involved in SoA activities </li></ul><ul><li>Support needs for research activity </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul>
  11. 11. Recent visits by the Research Team <ul><li>In-school research workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Advice about carrying out evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence gathering </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of questionnaires/resources used by other schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation format </li></ul>
  12. 12. What next? 2007-2008 <ul><li>Ongoing in-school meetings to discuss/monitor progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings with Research Team in-school to help plan calendar of research activities (September/October 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Target dates for the completion of research activities for each of the strands. </li></ul>

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