ESCalate Bulletin No. 20 (4 February 2005)

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Feedback from the Academy on ESCalate’s Annual and Mid-Year Reports.
  3. Education in the Media
  4. News on up and coming events.
  5. Website Developments
  6. Academic Consultants - Article One
  7. Academic Consultants - Article Two
  8. Student Writing Award Scheme
  9. CETLS
  10. Development Grants
  11. Book Review
  12. External Examiners
  13. Get involved with ESCalate

Introduction

We are already in February 2005, and this year is shaping up to be a busy year for ESCalate. In this edition of the ESCalate Bulletin, you will see the fruits of two of our Academic Consultants, David Egan and Liz Browne, with two very timely pieces; their full articles will be published in the ESCalate Newsletter, in the early spring.

We report on major projects we are working on. Each month we provide a round up of education themes as they appear in the media. We are planning to make the website a friendlier place to visit, with photos of the team and a short profile on each of our partners, and academic consultants.

The Academy has also had a busy settling in period, since it launched in November. The consultation is nearly at an end. There is still time to contribute to the discussion about the future shaping and activity of the Academy. The discussion document is found at:

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/news/media/Shaping_the_Academy.pdf.

To make a suggestion or comments go to: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/survey/ShapingTheAcademy.asp

Each bulletin we feature a website that we think is making an impact on teaching and learning.   This bulletin it is the Welsh Assembly Government's Training and Education website.

Website of the month: www.learning.wales.gov.uk/index.asp

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Feedback from the Academy on ESCalate’s Annual and Mid-Year Reports.

We received a very positive report from the Academy on ESCalate’s activities last year and what we intend to do this year.

Key points:

  • Your fourth annual report describes a year of considerable structural and personnel change which has been achieved without significant reduction in the extent or level of activity. You should be congratulated on this.”
  • Sharing locations with Economics and Bristol based SWAP (Social Policy and Social Work) may provide possibilities worth exploring”
  • We welcome your IMPACT study on the effectiveness of your Small Grants Project Scheme.”
ESCalate is in a very good position to move forward in 2005, and develop on the good work done and achieved in 2004.
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Education in the Media

School Drop-outs ‘key to access’ by Professor Crewe (BBC News Thursday 20th January)

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4191119.stm)

University leaders believe the “key to widening access to university is to persuade more teenagers to stay at school after 16”.

High-flyers heading for classroom. Source: BBC News

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4188585.stm)

“Almost a third of people who switch careers to become secondary school teachers worked before as managers or senior professionals” says a survey commissioned by the Teacher Training Agency.

Grant for Teacher Training Bill, source: BBC website

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4191593.stm)

“The government has announced a concession to graduates who may face a £3,000 bill to train as teachers in England from 2006.”

When Most of Your School is Gay. By Paul Henley, Presenter, Radio 4 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4023335.stm)

Paul Henley investigates the ‘first gay school’ in New York, asking the question: “Are pupils at the world's first "gay" state school victims of segregation or symbols of progressive thinking?”

What Kelly does next? By Mike Baker BBC News education correspondent (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4105335.stm)

Ms Kelly, the new Education Secretary has some first big tests ahead. Will she take the Downing Street line of extreme caution over A-level reform or will she follow the instincts of her department, Mike Tomlinson, and leading head teachers, and opt for radical reform? The question is will she follow Charles Clarke in sanctioning a broadening of the primary curriculum or will she (as David Blunkett says he would have done) spare nothing in pursuit of the primary school test targets in Maths and English?

The fundamental question she must ask is this: does she need to go back and reassert the core principles of Labour's first term policies or is it time to adapt and move on to a different stage of reform?” asks Mike Baker.

(Office for Fair Access) Offa opens its doors to controversy By Mike Baker BBC News education correspondent (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4007247.stm)

The new universities watchdog for England was launched in mid December. Mike Baker looks into what this might mean for Universities and attitudes towards it.

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News on up and coming events.

Academy drops annual Fee - February 2005

For more information about this story look at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/news/news_2255.htm

Supporting QE in Scotland – A Subject Centre Perspective. 26th January 2005.

Scotland entries its second year of Quality Enhancement (QE) activity. For 2004/5 the QE themes are Employability and Flexible Access. Last year’s activity around the themes of Student Needs and Assessment produced plenty of useful materials and resources. Look at www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk for more details.

FDTL4/5 in Manchester February,

Members of the ESCalate team will attend the Manchester meeting to discuss ways of supporting the FDTL5 project teams. As these projects develop, ESCalate will help to disseminate findings and resources.

SNAS in London February

SNAS provides Online Database Resources to support new academic staff. Short and snappy resource lists of discipline-specific and generic resources to provide a starting point for new academic staff. These can be found at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/snasdatabase.asp.

ESCalate Event

ESCalate Conference, hosted by St Martin’s College, Lancaster “Challenges and Opportunities: Developing learning and teaching in ITE across the UK." On the 19th May 2005

Forthcoming conference for staff working in initial teacher education. Further information  please contact Rosie Thornley either phone on 01524 384232, or email r.thornley@ucsm.ac.uk

External Events

FACE Conference 2005 – Towards a Global Understanding of Lifelong Learning, 6th, 7th, 8th July, Ireland.

Look on their Events page for more details. http://ace.ucc.ie/face2005/

For more events: click here
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Website Developments

The ESCalate website was successfully launched on the 13th December 2004, by Patricia Broadfoot, pro-vice chancellor at University of Bristol.

Our new website is easier to navigate then the older version. The plan is to introduce the capability to register online to become a member of our mailing list, express an interest in the projects we are running, register for an event and update your contact details.

We also launched our new look as members of the Academy; this included new stationery, posters, banners and bookmarks.

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Academic Consultants - Article One

This month’s summary articles are by David Egan, (“Evaluation of GTCW’s CPD Programme”) and Liz Browne (“Success For All-The Reform Agenda in the Learning and Skills Sector”).

The full articles will be published in our Newsletter in the spring.

Evaluation of GTCW’s CPD programme

By David Egan, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Since March 2001, the General Teaching Council for Wales [GTCW] has provided a unique entitlement to continuous professional development [CPD] for all schoolteachers in Wales. This has been made possible through financial support received from the Welsh Assembly Government. Teachers have been able to apply for project funding for professional development bursaries, teacher visit and exchanges, teacher research scholarships, international visits and exchanges, teacher sabbaticals, professional networks and whole staff initiatives.

They have responded to these opportunities with enthusiasm. By the end of the second year of funding, over half the schools in Wales and a quarter of teachers had participated. Independent evaluations of the programme [which can be accessed at www.gtcw.org.uk] point to the personal, professional and whole-school benefits being achieved, whilst suggesting that some areas, such as the wider dissemination of outcomes, could be further improved.

Higher education institutions in Wales are involved in the programme in a number of ways, particularly through tutors acting as mentors for teachers undertaking the research scholarships. The possibility of teachers seeking accreditation for their work is currently under consideration with GTCW and the Assembly Government. The evaluation reports suggest, however, that universities and other organisations could play a much greater role in supporting and developing the programme.

The success of the scheme persuaded the Assembly Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning to announce, in July 2003, that it would become a permanent entitlement for teachers in Wales. Thus following upon initial teacher education and training, induction and the 2- year programme of Early Professional Development that has recently been introduced, teachers in Wales now have a unique opportunity to engage in supported lifelong learning.

David Egan is Professor of Education at the Cardiff School of Education, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. With Professor Roy James he led the team appointed by GTCW to evaluate the CPD programme.

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Academic Consultants - Article Two

Success For All- The Reform Agenda in the Learning and Skills Sector

By Liz Browne, Oxford Brookes

The reform of teacher training represents the third dimension of major government restructuring in what was known as the Post-16 sector and is increasingly being referred to as the Learning and Skills Sector.

The following changes are already underway with more proposed for the future:

  • Life Long Learning UK (LLUK) has been formed as the sector skills council to manage the proposed changes
  • Teacher training for the sector will not come under the remit of the TTA
  • A new model of training will be devised leading to Qualified Teacher Status Leaning and Skills (QTLS)
  • A major national training programme will be implemented for subject coaches and mentors working in the sector who will support the training leading to QTLS (OBU is working with the LSDA to bid for this work- we have been short listed with one other provider {CfBT}, have submitted a response to questions asked and are waiting to hear the result, due out this week)
  • All staff in the sector will be expected to complete modules of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) on an annual basis
  • All teachers will have to register with the Institute for Learning (part of LLUK) who will monitor training, allocate places, record sector training needs
  • Universities will be encouraged to forge effective partnerships with colleges to create of training network. The status of Centre of Excellence in Teacher Training (CETT) will be awarded for those partnerships which demonstrate good practice
  • Routes from Foundation Degrees into Teacher Training will be strengthened
  • LLUK will work with the HE Academy to encourage joint CPD programmes for FE Colleges and HEIs involved in delivering Foundation Degree programmes
  • Opportunities to bid for pilot programmes will be made available in January 2005
  • The changes will be introduced with a stepped approach leading to legislative change in 2007
  • Additional money will be made available- £20 million for the next few years, followed by £70 million additional to current training money, will accompany to launch of major reform in 2007.
There will be more from Dr Liz Browne at Oxford Brookes on the Government reform of the ITT for the Learning and Skills sector in the forthcoming Newsletter
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Student Writing Award Scheme

award cartoon logoDEADLINE 18th February

‘What makes the best learning experience for an Education student?’

Our Student Writing Award Scheme is up and running, with some very high quality entries already received.

Please encourage your students to take part, as it doesn’t take long to write 500-1000 words about a learning experience, with the chance to win £150, or one of many runner up prizes.

Please look on our website for further details: http://www.escalate.ac.uk/index.cfm?action=news.item&ID=1398

We are hoping to announce the winner in time for the next bulletin in April.

If you have any questions about this award scheme, e.g. whether your students are eligible please email Jane.Tuffill@bris.ac.uk
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CETLS

The list of successful CETL bidders has now been published and ESCalate staff will continue to support CETL development. Many successful bids are multidisciplinary.

ESCalate will be collaborating with other Subject Centres to provide joint support during this start up period.

Please look at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2005/cetl.asp for further information.

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Development Grants

The January round for grant applications has just closed with many interesting and innovative projects proposed.

From the last round in the autumn, Jenny Reeves in Scotland is leading work on a new course, Professional Enquiry in Education, which amongst other things enables students to address the Chartered Teacher Standard. It is titled "Collaborative Professional Enquiry"

Jenny plans to launch an interactive web magazine and an associated seminar centred on collaborative professional enquiry (CPE). This will provide the groups behind the work with the basis for developing systems, which will support a community of practice. Involving students, schools, and local authority and university staff – this project should improve capability in terms of practitioner research and evidence-informed practice.

More information about project can be found at: http://www.escalate.ac.uk/index.cfm?action=grants.project&ID=1407

For more details of other successful bids, do keep an eye on the website!

The next round deadline is May 27th.

If you are interested in entering an application please look on our website for details on how to apply: http://www.escalate.ac.uk/index.cfm?action=main.page&ID=210

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Book Review

Interested in reviewing a book? Email jean.flowers@Bristol.ac.uk for our current list of titles. A recent delivery of new books includes the following:

  • MacGilchrist, B., Buttress, M., 2005,Transforming Learning and Teaching, Paul Chapman Publishing.
  • Jones, J, 2005, Management Skills in Schools – a resource for School Leaders, Paul Chapman Publishing.
  • Wright, A., Brandom, A-M, 2003, Learning to Teach Religious Education in the Secondary School, Routledge-Falmer.
  • Cohen, L., Manion, L., Morrison, K., (Eds) 2004 (5th Ed) A Guide to Teaching Practice, Routledge-Falmer.
  • Goodwyn, A., Branson, J. 2005, Teaching English – A Handbook for Primary & Secondary School Teachers, Routledge-Falmer.
  • Kerr, P., 2005, Straightforward- (Pre-intermediate) (A multi-level course for adults and young adults), Macmillan.
  • Beaton, A.A., 2005, Dyslexia, Reading and the Brain, Psychology Press.
  • Cole, M., Cole, S.A., Lightfoot, C., The Development of Children (Fifth Ed), Macmillan.

N.B This is a small section of the many titles you may wish to review, if there is a specific issue you are working on, ask Jean if we have a title in stock to be reviewed

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External Examiners

We are in the process of commissioning an External Examiners Database.

We will be in touch with everyone who has expressed an interest in this project, to get your thoughts and ideas.

If you would like to express an interest in this project, please email Jane.Tuffill@bris.ac.uk.


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Get involved with ESCalate

It’s easy to get involved with Escalate. You could:

Attend an event

Take part in the writing competition for students

  • Write a book review
  • Suggest a short article (500 words) on a topical issue
  • Offer a story about your latest innovation in teaching, learning, assessment or curriculum development
  • Apply for research funding through our small grant project scheme. We welcome applications from colleagues who have not done small scale research before
  • Invite us into your institution as part of your development activities in teaching and learning
  • Register your details and your field of expertise to become an ESCalate advisor to colleagues in Education
  • Set up a SIG (special interest group) for online discussion

Please look at our website for specific contact details.

Next Bulletin: April 2005.

Deadline for Copy: 18th March, emails to Jane.Tuffill@Bristol.ac.uk

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