CamStar - Cambridge, School Teachers and Research

From January 2017 The Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance, with the specific support of Caroline Russell, Dr Challoner’s High School, and Andrew Jones, The Reach Free School, have explored a range of support networks which provide top notch support for collaborative research groups. As a result, we are delighted to be working with CamStar (IOU, University of Cambridge) from September 2017 in bringing together a range of research projects, led by our NQTs +2 and 3 and in collaboration with our Challenge Partners’ colleagues. Please see The CamStar General Overview for further details. If you are interested in joining a research group, please contact

The focus areas for 2017 – 2018 are as follows:

‘The effectiveness of Homework’

‘Reducing workload and marking’;

‘Verbal feedback’

‘The efficacy of rewards and sanctions’

‘The alignment of student motivation to engagement in the lesson planning process’.


The Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance Blog

Led by Andrew Jones at The Reach Free School, our Alliance Blog became operational in June 2017 and may be found at

A vehicle for ‘live’ discussion of current teaching, learning and educational research, we would invite potential bloggers to get in touch at

Do let your voice be heard!


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Posted on: 11/07/2018

Women in Leadership : Be the Change

Brooke Weston TSA The Women Leading in Education Coaching Pledge is already making a difference to hundreds of aspiring female leaders.  Our goal is to expand the pool of willing, trained coaches even further. The more coaches we have, the more women can be empowered to gain the leadership roles they deserve.  Here's how we can achieve this goal together: Sign up to be a coach and encourage others to do so. Anyone can be a coach (male, female, teacher, leader, support staff, governors, trustees - any phase, any level of experience) so please spread the word far and wide:   Join our webinar on Monday 16th July at 7pm. The webinar will be a chance for coaches, coachees and anyone interested to hear all about the pledge, share success stories and ask any questions. The link will be posted on the Brooke Weston TSA website from Monday 9th July.  You can access the web page here.  You don't need to sign up for the webinar, just join us and ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #coachingpledge. Please spread the word.    Join the conversation on Twitter.  Follow @bwteachschool and let us know how the Coaching Pledge is making a difference in your school or alliance. Look out for a whole day of #coachingpledge chat on Monday 16th July.     Share the success. Fancy writing a guest blog about how coaching can make the difference? Just let us know. We will be publishing our own coaching blog later this month, written by guest blogger Carly Waterman.