Looking forward Successful change means making teaching an attractive and effective profession by supporting “continuous learning.. and engaging strong teachers as active agents in school reform, not just implementers of plans designed by others. It also requires strengthening the knowledge base of education and developing a culture of research and reflection in schoolsso that teaching and learning can be based on the best available knowledge.” Building a high quality teaching profession OECD
“We expect teaching schools involved in research and development”There are a number of ways a teaching school can get involved in research anddevelopment:• undertaking research and development projects within their alliance to identify and/or help tackle key school improvement priorities• show evidence of engagement in research and development which reflects agreed priorities, builds on existing external research/evidence• ensure that existing evidence can be accessed and used by staff and that appropriate staff have the time and support needed to undertake research and development activities
R&D at the core of CPD + 10 months + 5 months + 4 months + 4 mths + 3 mths Time spent leading teaching and learning is over twice as effective at raising student achievement than any other management task. Source: Robinson (2009)
City Academy Norwich• Part of the HP Catalyst Programme.• Eco-Virtual Environment (EVE) Project.• Using an open source immersive simulation platform (www.opensimulator.org) to engage students in science and maths inquiry.
“Data, graphics and graphs are fed to the students through tri-screens and the students (e.g. accountant, manager, power engineer, environmental scientist), study their specialist information carefully and then meet to share their thoughts on the decision each turn.”
Findings• The power of anonymity to re-engage• “Students at our school (as with many) are developing their confidence. They do not always feel comfortable sharing an idea with a class due to the peer pressure and possible historic experiences with less sensitive teachers. In EVE they are all happy to contribute. They have the freedom to walk, run, fly, dive, zoom in and out on details - they find themselves in a surreal classroom with no walls and an utterly different set of social rules. Peer pressure / bullying is often a complex and refined interaction that involves tone of voice, expression, physical stance etc. In EVE these things just dont exist and all of the students are equal.”
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