Early Career Teachers Professional Development Conference
On Saturday 23rd June the Education Deanery hosted the third Early Career Teacher Conference attended by 30 secondary school teachers in their first three years of teaching. The focus was on research-informed approaches to CPD and our keynote speaker (Astrid Korin from the Education Development Trust) spoke about the potential of teacher-led research as a tool to unleash voice and agency for teachers. Delegates had the chance to view research posters created by undertaking the Masters in Learning and Teaching and they could attend a selection of workshops led by colleagues based here in the department and from local schools. These included Jenni Ingram discussing video recording as a tool for teacher development; Laura Molway and Katharine Burn interrogating the research claims surrounding cognitive science; and Jaimie Miller-Friedman on the topic of unconscious bias in the classroom. Several PGCE tutors joined the conference during morning coffee to catch up with their ex-students, which was very much appreciated by the delegates. In their feedback, all delegates agreed that the day was both useful and enjoyable, commenting that the workshops were ‘great food for thought’ and that it was ‘an uplifting and inspiring day!’ We look forward to welcoming the delegates back for future conferences and hopefully also Masters level study.
Students enjoy the MLT poster conference
Astrid Korin (Teacher Development Trust) discusses teacher-led RCTs