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The learning journey of a Lead Practitioner – View from Rena

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Rena Saggu is part of the ATT Academy Improvement Team with a focus on teaching and learning. As she takes a lead on the new cohort of Lead Practitioners, we find out some of the challenges facing Rena in the Autumn term.

How do we develop teaching and learning?, How can I support effective self-reflection? and What is mastery?.  Amongst the hundreds of questions, I ask myself daily (Thanks to Blooms!); this finds me sharing my reflections as I embark on becoming an accredited Lead Practitioner …

During the summer of 2016, the partnership between ATT and SSAT brought about the opportunity to tap into the Lead Practitioner (LP) accreditation programme. This brought with it the chance to nominate up to 20 teachers across our primary, secondary academies as well as colleagues from within the academy improvement team to reflect, evaluate and ultimately share good teaching and learning practice. My strategic role of developing teaching for learning across The Trust along with being a firm believer in our mission of improving education together led me to think that I had to sign up to this.

October brought the opportunity to meet most of our 18 nominated teachers face-to-face for the first time. We introduced ourselves, shared our hopes and planned how we were going to use the LP framework to develop small scale research projects that would impact on learning. Even though our projects are diverse but together through a rigorous process of self-reflection and evaluation, we hope to disseminate our findings with colleagues within our settings and beyond to make a real difference to the children and young people we all work with.

As we come to the end of this first academic term, I and no doubt all the others LPs are sat in front of our computers, reflecting and trying to capture the evidence we have collected over this autumn term to put into ‘big’ words.  March will bring our second face-to-face day where further professional discussions with one another and our SSAT trainer will take place, and where sharing our work to date will help re-shape our journeys before that submission day in June.

My writing maybe not be at ‘age related expectations’ yet due to the incorrect use of exclamation marks according to STA (!) but mine and ATT’s commitment to lifelong learning continues to motivate me to ensure our vision to achieve world class teaching for learning is translated into practice.

Watch this space for our other LP sharing their reflections and find out more about us and our projects. 

Rena.

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