I am the Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning at Matthew Arnold School. The current Teaching and Learning priorities at Matthew Arnold School are: Inclusive Teaching ( high quality first touch inclusive teaching); acting on formative feedback; enhancing subject expertise.
Finally, throughout the school we are promoting a self-reflective culture that requires teachers and leaders to consistently evaluate “what works”.
Action Research Fellows (by year)
Sammy Palfrey and Karen Griffiths
Title: Self-scaffolding to promote autonomy in foundation Pathway
Karen and Sammy were working with Y7 and 8 children with learning delays, and they created a way of ensuring that the feedback they give helps children move forward and enables other teachers who work with them to give relevant feedback. They produced wipe-clean tabs on which they and the pupils write this week’s learning goals. The tabs become reminders for each pupil and can be seen by other teachers who can encourage student success or give guidance.
Teachers Undertaking the Enhanced Masters in Learning and Teaching
Jason is currently researching into how music can be taught through ‘target language’ and effective feedback, for his Enhanced masters project.
Verbal vs. written feedback in Maths.
Luis is currently researching into cooperative learning strategies for his Enhanced Masters Project.
Steve is looking into the effect of different groupings. For example how mixed ability settings have an effect on pupils learning. He is also looking into the impact of staff using ipads. Both of which are projects linking to his Enhanced Masters.
The importance of inclusion in drama education.
John is looking at motivation and the use of target grades and their effect for his Enhanced masters project.