The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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GTCS and Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change Lecture

The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and General Teaching Council for Scotland presented a seminar by Professor Pam Sammons, Department of Education, University of Oxford on Thursday 9 June 2016.

Pamela Spoke on Inspiring Teaching: What research suggests we can learn from exemplary teachers. Implications for Policy and Practice.

The focus of Professor Sammons' lecture was her CfBT Schools Trust funded research into inspiring teaching. This research aimed:

  • To investigate the notion of 'inspiring' teaching using mixed methods and drawing on teacher, pupil and head teacher perspectives.
  • To support professional development, collaborative learning and school improvement by highlighting examples of 'inspirational' practice for dissemination to other practitioners and schools.

The research involved case studies of 17 primary and secondary teachers in England, who had been nominated by their head teachers as exemplars of 'inspiring' practitioners. The research involved semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with these teachers, observation of their classrooms and student surveys.

The lecture slides below include the entire presentation, including:

  • Equity and the Current Policy Context
  • The CfBT Collaborative Project
  • Previous Literature on Inspiring Teaching
  • Research Aims and Questions
  • Mixed Methods Design and Methodology
  • The Teachers' Voices: Interview Findings
  • Relative importance of different Teacher Attributes
  • What do Inspiring Teachers do in the Classroom?
  • Pupils' Perspectives on Teaching and Teachers
  • New Knowledge for CPD and School Improvement
  • Implications for Policy and Practice

About Professor Sammons

Professor Sammons joined the University of Oxford in October 2009. From 2004-2009 she was a Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham and a member of the Teacher and Leadership Research Centre (TLRC) there.

Previously she was a Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and Coordinating Director of its International School Effectiveness & Improvement Centre (1999-2004). She has been involved in educational research for the last 30 years with a special focus on the topics of school effectiveness and improvement, leadership and equity in education. She has a particular interest in the evaluation of education policy initiatives including both formative and summative approaches.