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Let's talk about … improving support for student and probationary teachers to learn more effectively

TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network, knows that you value debate with colleagues and benefit from the sharing of ideas. Therefore, to this end, during 2014-15 TEAN is presenting short low cost day events to give colleagues the opportunity to debate current issues in teacher education. These debates are intended for those involved in teacher education in HEIs, schools and all other organisations involved in teacher education.

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This debate suggests:

Let’s talk about … improving support for student and probationary teachers to learn more effectively

This seminar is presented by TEAN, the Teacher Education Advancement Network, working in partnership with the General Teaching Council of Scotland

This event is taking place in Scotland, however the theme of the event has relevance to colleagues from across the UK and we would be delighted to welcome representatives from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to share experiences and ideas.

Do you have something to say about your experiences of supporting student and probationary teachers?

Do you want to share those experiences with colleagues and work together to create positive ways forward?

This debate will give you the opportunity to look back, look now and then look forward to combine your voices in producing positive ideas to promote more consistent (and effective) practice.

The outcomes of the day will be put together in a document for the TEAN website. This document will be sent to all delegates and presenters.

Date: Thursday 4 June
Venue: GTCS headquarters (Download venue details)


Draft programme for the day
10:15 Refreshments available
10:45 Welcome from TEAN
10:50 Setting the scene - Tom Hamilton GTCS
11:00 My perspective – short presentations from colleagues
12:00 Group discussions – sharing experiences, reaction to the presentations
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Group discussions – Looking forward – preparing positive presentations / considering collaborative research projects
14:15 Refreshments
14:30 Group presentations: the outcome of the day is to be the formulation of steps to make for more consistent (and effective) practice
15:15 Close

Dr Carey Philpott – University of Strathclyde will speak about the influence of the existing culture of schools on early teacher learning; lessons from research into workplace learning

Carey Philpott was a teacher of English and Drama in schools in Glasgow and London. During that time he became involved in teacher education, as a mentor. He later moved to work in teacher education in universities and has worked at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Cumbria and is now at the University of Strathclyde. He has been programme leader for a secondary PGCE course, a post compulsory PGCE course and an undergraduate ITE course. His research interests are professional learning, language and learning and narrative research.

Michael Green, University of Greenwich will speak about involving school partners to drive student teacher improvement

Michael Green has worked in Higher Education since 2009, as Programme Director for one of the largest undergraduate Primary Education programmes in England and Primary Phase Quality Lead at Canterbury Christ Church University and, more recently as Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich where he oversees partnership and School Direct. Prior to joining Initial Teacher Education he was an assistant head in a large primary school in the South East of England. A keen interest of Michael’s concerns effective ways of supporting trainee teachers to fulfil their potential and how data can be used to monitor and track trainee teachers’ progress. Curriculum interests include Learning outside the classroom where he has published a number of chapters and presented at conferences focussing on the opportunities and barriers for children, teachers and trainee teachers to learn outside the classroom.

Norrie McKay - GTCS will speak about Supporting Student and Probationer Teachers in Scotland, giving an overview of the two routes to becoming a probationer teacher, and then a further two routes to becoming a fully registered teacher, a status which is legally required for all teachers in Scotland. He will describe these routes, analyse their benefits and drawbacks, and show how they prepare new teachers for career-long professional learning.

Norrie is a Senior Education Officer with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. His work includes the Professional Update scheme, the Professional Standards, registration issues, and the professional development of probationer and student teachers. In his previous role as a local government officer, he worked in partnership with GTC Scotland in these areas, and was also responsible for professional review and development for teachers, management structures in schools, setting salaries for promoted teachers, student teacher placements, and union negotiations on local conditions of service.

Norrie was Head Teacher of a large secondary school for 10 years, and he held curricular, pastoral and management posts in various schools. He also worked for the Scottish Council for Research in Education, latterly as a government appointed Director.

His national work has included leading developments in the reform of Mathematics teaching in the senior stages, student teacher placements, job sizing schemes for teachers, and advising the Scottish Government on teacher workforce planning. He has presented at national and international conferences.

Fee: £60 to cover catering and TEAN administrative costs

Book your place at the event by completing the online registration form 

Closing date for registrations: 18 May 2015