This site is dedicated to the teaching and management of the HertsCam MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning. This is a two year masters degree programme for serving teachers and other practitioners in education.
The MEd programme seeks to mobilise teachers and other education practitioners as agents of change regardless of status or position. A range of experiences, tools and academic resources are used to enable participants to identify their professional concerns and take strategic action to address these concerns.
As a matter of principle and design, the HertsCam MEd is taught by experienced scholar-practitioners. All members of the MEd Teaching Team are serving school teachers. The programme is designed and taught by the HertsCam team and the MEd degree is awarded by the University of Hertfordshire through a partnership with the UH School of Education.
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Sponsorship from HfL
We are very happy to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the MEd by 'Herts for Learning'. This arises from the partnership between HertsCam and HfL established in 2014. HfL is a not-for-profit company which provides services to schools in Hertfordshire and beyond.
Extended professionality is alive and well in the HertsCam MEd
The weekend of 16-17th September 2016 will go down in history – well, in HertsCam’s history at least – as a watershed moment. The MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning that began in 2015 has moved into its second year. This is such a significant milestone. A bit like a new band with their crucial second album. The Residential Conference that has just happened included the sixteen participants who registered in September 2015 together with a new cohort. This means that the HertsCam MEd community is now up to full strength. It is a feature of the programme to work as a learning community in which participants of varying degrees of experience learn from each other, and inspire and support each other. A high point of the conference was the dinner on the Friday evening at which forty-five or so people gathered to celebrate our existence as an engine for the development of extended professionality. As a voluntary consultant to HertsCam, I was invited to say a few words at the conclusion of the dinner and so had the privilege of being able to pay tribute to this amazing community.
I started by paying tribute to the teaching team which consists of 13 experienced teachers from both primary and secondary schools who are the apotheosis of what Eric Hoyle used to call ‘extended professionality’. They are what I regard as ‘scholar practitioners’, able to combine the practical wisdom required to teach and exercise leadership in children schools with the intellectual capital gained through their own professionally focused study and long-term participation in the HertsCam Network. Their work supports the claim I have made many times in the past (e.g Frost, 2014) that the capacity to support teacher and school development is to be found within the teaching profession itself.
I next paid tribute to the first cohort of MEd participants who began the programme last September (2015). Throughout the first year of the programme, these pioneers have responded positively, and with an immense sense of moral purpose, to the opportunity and challenge the programme offers. Their success was amply demonstrated when, on the morning of the first day of this Residential Conference, they each made a formal presentation to an audience of their peers and supervisors who acted as critical friends. Each of them made a presentation outlining the design of their development project and facilitated dialogue to identify and discuss the issues about managing change and pedagogy. Each project plan was evidently rigorous and well-planned, being based on careful consultation with colleagues, the reading of a wide range of academic literature and robust discussion within the network. The main reward for this work is of course the professional satisfaction and pride in knowing that you are making such a difference to the life chances of young people, but it was also a joy to hear the announcement that each participant’s efforts will be recognised and celebrated in HertsCam’s first graduation ceremony which has been booked to take place in October 2017.
My third tribute was to the new additions to this MEd community. They have stepped up to the challenge and committed themselves to this two-year programme, which is not easy when you still have to maintain a full time job, often involving formal leadership responsibility, and juggle the usual family commitments. One of the veterans who started in 2015 made a delightful speech in which he welcomed the new recruits and gave them a few amusing tips for survival. This new group is very diverse. It includes for example a headteacher and her deputy who have joined the MEd in order to support the institutional transformation they are planning for their primary school. Other participants include an Early Years Coordinator at a Children’s Centre and three teachers from a special school, including one who has only just qualified as a teacher. The group has a very good primary-secondary balance and a good range of levels of experience and subject specialism.
This is a very exciting period in HertsCam’s development and I find it truly inspiring to see that, at a time when so many teachers are feeling diminished by the intensity of the work and weighed down by the pressure crude accountability measures, there are still people in this noble profession who have embraced so fully the idea of extended professionality. I salute them whole heartedly.
HertsCam Network Trustee
Paper about the MEd
Members of HertsCam and researchers from the University of Cambridge presented a paper about the HertsCam MEd at ICSEI 2016, an international conference held in Glasgow in January. To download this, please click on the icon below:
Emma's blog goes global
We are delighted to say that Emma Kell's blog has now been posted on the Educational International (EI) site. EI is the global federation of unions with a membership of thirty million educational across the globe. This means that it is being viewed by teachers and other members of the education community right across the world. Click on the button below to see how it looks: