The Oxford Education Deanery has formed strong partnerships with Oxford City Learning and Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance.
Oxford City Learning
The Oxford Education Deanery and OCL joined together in November 2013 to boost learning across the city. The scheme will draw on already established links between OCL schools in the city, and pupils will get greater access to university facilities as well as teachers having a chance to share resources and expertise, through the Action Research Champions.
Oxford City Learning seeks to improve the opportunities for every young person to achieve success in education and in life. OCL’s focus is to drive up standards in literacy and mathematics and to ensure all groups of learners make equally good progress. Individually, OCL are proud of the distinct and different nature of our organisations and believe our diversity is a strength. Collectively OCL are responsible for the learning and progress of over ten thousand 11-19 year olds.
Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
The Oxford Education Deanery and the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance have established a partnership to engage in collaborative research and development, focused on teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring better outcomes for young people in Oxfordshire. The Deanery currently offers an NQT induction programme through OTSA and is represented in their Research and Development Implementation Group.
Teaching Schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable headteachers to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system. Therefore, membership of OTSA is open to all schools within the county and it works in partnership with them.
It also has a number of strategic partners, which include Oxfordshire County Council, The University of Oxford, The University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University and other significant educational organisations.
Research and Development Implementation Group – Lara Hughes
Research Interests: Special Education, Approaches to Reading and Writing and the utility of ‘mainstream’ approaches for all children.
Lara Hughes is the lead for the Research and Development implementation group at OTSA, and they are beginning to develop a collaborative approach to sharing resources which support research based approaches in schools.
Lara is currently leading on a pilot study researching the utility of phonics based approaches, not as an isolated method but as one of many tools used for students to learn to read and write at Frank Wise School. There is also another research project taking place by Beth Lovell and Dr Ben Simmons, into Inclusive opportunities for children with PMLD.