Aspiring Leaders in Partnership with CamStar

As a strategic partner of the Herts and Bucks TSA, Dr Challoner’s High School work in partnership with Dr Challoner's Grammar School, The Reach Free School, St Clement Danes School and the Herts and Bucks Challenge Partners' Hub to afford aspiring middle and senior leaders the opportunity to develop the requisite skills for success in middle/senior leadership positions.

The training programme will combine in-school seminars with collaborative research CPD between local schools. Participants who have already successfully completed the Aspiring Leaders course will be expected to engage in the CamStar specific sessions. All other participants will be expected to engage in the full programme of training (both leadership and CamStar sessions).

CamStar will follow a guided action research model. Participants are asked to identify a specific problem within the realms of the School Improvement Plan that they would like to address. Their proposed idea will then be submitted for approval. Subsequently, participants will need to conduct a short literature review and carry out their research project over the course of the year.

Both teachers and non-teaching staff are able to undertake research at three levels:

  • Improving personal practice - Focusing on an aspect of teaching and learning/pastoral care that an individual wants to improve upon - Aimed at NQT+1 or NQT+2
  • Improving practice across a small group - Focusing on an aspect of teaching and learning/pastoral care across a subject area, part of a year group or other small group - Aimed at relatively experienced teachers.
  • Improving practice across a large group/whole school - Focusing on an aspect of teaching and learning/pastoral care across a Curriculum Area, year group or even whole school - Aimed at experienced teachers.

The support programme (see below and attached as a pdf) will be the same for all three levels; this will allow practice to be shared as widely as possible and enable discussions to draw on a wide range of experience and opinions.

Accreditation and outcomes

The participants will produce a report of 2,000 words and present their findings at a celebration event. The project will be accredited by CamStar (Cambridge, School Teachers and Research).

Participants will have access to courses and conferences run by CamStar in addition to the sessions listed below. As well as this all reports may be published for public research.

The combination of CamStar accreditation, hosting research CPD and publishing the findings will help to raise the profile of research within the school and wider-community. In addition to this, research engagement will help to develop the pedagogy and skill set of all participants.

If you would like to sign up for the three FREE Action Research CPD sessions, please see here.

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