Back in February all staff were invited to contribute to the third volume of the action research through a series of teacher-led projects. Over one year a variety of staff from the school put research reports together covering topics such as literacy, motivation, behaviour, experience and perception of students throughout the school. As a result of this project the following articles can now be found in the latest publication:
1. An investigation into whole school literacy strategies and their effect on writing skills by Rachel Sewell.
2. Can you teach the Academy’s Christian values through sport? by Joshua Coulson.
3. The impact of local fieldwork investigations on student experience in Geography by Alexander Kilford.
4. Motivating learners in Year 9 Religious Education by Hannah Fahey.
5. The impact of English as an additional language (EAL) withdrawal groups on pupils’ progress by Safijo Jimale & Ewa Czarnecka
6. An examination of the transition from Year 11 to Year 12 by Eva Kingcome.
7. The perception of school values on achievement and behaviour: An international school research visit to four schools in Cape Town. by Stella Gbolonyo.
The latest publication can be found here with special thanks to CFBT.
My contribution to this publication aimed to evaluate how local fieldwork contributes to learning geography. Over one term student perceptions were collected from Year 7 students using questionnaires and focus group interviews about their experiences of the local sites studied and the ﬁeld-work carried out.
This research allowed me to reflect upon and evaluate the learning opportunities planned, as well as involving the students within the research allowing deeper understanding of how they are learning. Practitioner research has also allowed me to communicating my practice with other schools and across departments to help improve overall teaching and learning.
My department has also been influenced by this report, as there are now regularly planned local investigations which are now embedded within the KS3 curriculum for students to gain greater knowledge of our local environment and fieldwork skills. The importance of local fieldwork has been also been highlighted and experiential learning outside of the classroom is now also undertaken wherever possible at A Level.
I am now beginning to think about my research focus for next year....