Looking for research curious teachers

Are you a teacher who is interested in how we should train our new teachers?

Would you like to observe how (fairly) large scale research is carried out?

I am looking for some research-curious teachers and headteachers who might be willing to sit on the advisory board for one of the research projects I am currently involved with. The purpose of the advisory boards is to help inform the research questions and methods, and to help interpret the findings of large projects.

The projects are:

  • A Nuffield-funded investigation into initial teacher training (this is a joint Institute for Fiscal Studies, National Foundation for Educational Research and Institute of Education project). This project investigates the costs and benefits of different teacher training routes. In particular, we would like to discover whether certain routes are more effective than others, in terms of recruitment, the costs (particularly time costs) and benefits to schools associated with training, and their subsequent retention in state schools in England. It would be particularly useful to include teachers on our advisory board who have experience of mentoring PGCE students, GTP/SCITT/School Direct teachers or who have recently trained themselves. The project is led by Ellen Greaves at IFS.
  • An ESRC-funded investigation of the early careers of teachers. This project investigate how the early experiences of teachers in training placement schools and first posts affects their subsequent likelihood to move into particular types of schools or exit the profession altogether. Understanding how to create a schooling environment that retains the best teachers within the state maintained system is critical because we know that relatively large numbers of high quality teachers leave the profession every year and this turnover is damaging to pupil achievement. The project will conduct a large survey of PGCE students and will match this data to institutional records and the School Workforce Census to track the careers of these teachers. It would be particularly useful to have early career teachers on our advisory board for this project.

The advisory board for each of these projects meets about twice a year for the two-year life of the project. The advisory boards would be held at teacher-friendly times, e.g. after 4:30pm during term time or possibly at half term holidays. Obviously 100% attendance of advisory board members is difficult to achieve, so we will recruit more teachers than we need in the hope of achieving representation at each meeting. The meetings will held at IOE or IFS (i.e. in Bloomsbury, close to Euston station) so teachers will need to think about whether it is feasible to travel into this part of London.

If you would like to get involved or would like to know more, please do contact me at r.allen@ioe.ac.uk. In your email it would be helpful if you could tell me how many years you have been teaching, what training route you originally took and what school you now teach in.

EDIT: Thanks for all the interest in these projects. We’ve filled the spaces on our Advisory Boards, but do still send an email if you’d like to give feedback on our proposed surveys.

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