This involves working with colleges that want to improve performance in teaching and learning and create a more innovative and collaborative culture. The Supported Experiments action research model, promoted by Geoff Petty, is the most dominant professional development model in the post-16 sector. It’s an effective way of engaging staff in improving their practice and sharing the results, so the outcome is a more positive culture of continuous development.
I work with colleges to build their project management and coaching capacity for Supported Experiments. This helps them to engage staff, plan effectively and keep up momentum during the action research cycle. As a result, the college/school builds capacity to implement other initiatives more effectively in future.
Supported Experiments take place in five stages. Teachers:
- Identify key issues or areas to develop in their teaching, to meet learners’ needs
- Investigate strategies and methods that have been shown to work, using Evidence Based Teaching materials from large scale research studies
- Plan an experiment to address the area
- Share findings with colleagues, receive coaching and support from them
- Embed improved practices and disseminate findings both inside and outside the organisation