UWE leads successful bid to support SW school improvement

Issue date: 20 March 2009


School of Education building The School of Education at the University of the West of England, has led a successful bid for a South West Consortium to provide a new government MA programme in Teaching and Learning.

'TRANSFORM: South West Consortium for educational transformation' will be the regional provider for the first phase of delivery of the new government MA in Teaching and Learning. The funding has been won from the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

Professor Lynn Raphael Reed (UWE) led the process which resulted in the consortium winning the bid.

The consortium consists of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Gloucestershire, University of Plymouth, University College Plymouth St Mark and St John and a significant number of school partners.

In partnership with the Training and Development Agency for Schools the consortium will develop this new school-focused MA route to support school improvement across the region. The consortium was one of only three successful bids in the first round – when the TDA sought to identify a provider in each of the Government Office Regions.

The programme will recruit newly qualified teachers and new middle leaders in schools facing challenging circumstances. This includes schools recently identified as part of the National Challenge ie where fewer than 30 per cent of young people are achieving five or more A*-C in GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics. The way the course is delivered will be innovative, with school based coaches working alongside HE tutors to develop teachers in context and as part of supporting effective communities of practice.

Professor Lynn Raphael Reed says, “This is an important further expression of the commitment of UWE to support educational transformation in the region. The DCSF have recognised that teachers have to be developed to the highest level to be effective professionals in the 21st century. This is no more true than in schools serving areas of high deprivation where the challenges of engaging young people and supporting them to achieve educational success are especially acute. Teachers need to be critically engaged as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners in order to make a difference in such settings. This is what the new MA in Teaching and Learning will achieve. It is particularly pleasing that all eligible HEIs in the South West have committed to this collaboration to address the very serious issues facing many schools in the region.”

The first phase of delivery will run from January 2010, with the consortium working with the TDA and other regions in the interim to design and validate an appropriate programme – and to share their learning with others in order to inform subsequent national roll-out of the MA in Teaching and Learning to all teachers.

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