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AR Lead (Train the Trainer) programme

 

Please note this page will be continually updated to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for AR Leads. 

1. Welcome & Programme

A warm, warm welcome to the Education and Training Foundation’s AR Lead (Train the Trainer) programme. 
We recommend bookmarking this landing page.  

Video 1

In this video, Cath Gladding from the Education and Training Foundation introduces the CfEM action research programme. [4 mins:15 secs]

Video 2

Joss Kang welcomes you to this CfEM AR Lead (Train the Trainer) programme. [7 mins:13 secs]

2. Recruiting AR Leads.

  • Please read this guidance document (updated 9 June 2021) which contains the general timeline. A more detailed and up-to-date version of the timeline is reproduced below for ease. This timeline is also available as a printable PDF

DatesActivity
Spring Term 2021
08 March 2021
29 March 2021, 17:00
30 April 2021
AR leads recruitment and budgeting in action plans
Nominations open for 42 AR leads
Nomination window closes
Nominees notified of outcomes
Summer Term 2021
1st June - 30 September 2021 Action Research teacher recruitment led by the AR leads (min. 4 and max. 12 people per AR group including the AR Lead) with greater emphasis on networking as required.

Mentor recruitment and induction
7 June 2021 Submission of CfEM action plan (at this stage you are not expected to provide a detailed outline of your AR project/s)
Wed 16 June 2021

OR

Wed 25 August
2:00 - 3:00
AR Method Workshop - for Leads who have not previously participated in CfEM AR training. Please note that this workshop will be repeated on 25 August 2021. You need to attend ONE workshop only.
Wed 23 June 2021
Session 1 : Getting to Grips with CfEM Action Research (T-t-T)
Cohort 1: 9:30 - 12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
Wed 30 June 2021Session 2 : Designing CPD & cycles of collaborative action research (T-t-T)
Cohort 1: 9:30 - 12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
Wed 25 August 2021

OR

Wed 16 June
2:00 - 3:00
AR Method Workshop - for Leads who have not previously participated in CfEM AR training. Please note that this is a repeat of the workshop on 16 June 2021. You need to attend ONE workshop only.
Autumn Term 2021
By 22 Oct 2021
Module 1: Action Research - An Overview & Module 2: Project Management - customised delivery by AR leads
Wed 10 November 2021 Session 3 : Moving on: reviewing & planning (T-t-T)
Cohort 1: 9:30 - 12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
By 30 November 2021Module 3: Literature Review - customised delivery by AR leads
By 31 December 2021Module 4: Data collection - customised delivery by AR leads
Spring Term 2022
By 28 February 2022Module 5: Data Analysis - customised delivery by AR leads
Wed 9 March 2022Session 4 : So what, Now what? (T-t-T)
Cohort 1: 9:30 - 12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
By 29 April 2022Module 6: Reporting & Dissemination - customised delivery by AR leads
Summer Term 2022
June/July 2022CfEMLive 2022
Autumn Term 2022 - Spring Term 2023
September - March 2023AR leads to start new AR projects with refreshed ARG membership.
Summer Term 2023
April - July 2023
(beyond the end of the funded programme)
CfEMs to continue action research cycles and disseminate findings
  • AR Leads & AR topics

Cohort 1 AR Lead & Topic
CPD sessions for Cohort 1 will take place on the dates in the table above between 09:30 - 12:30
Gateshead CollegeSands Dobson & Tracey Graham
Leeds City College Ben Smith
Nelson & Colne CollegeKate Griffiths
Wilberforce College
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher EducationNathan Loughlin
Lakes College West Cumbria
Tameside CollegeLorna McMahon
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges GroupVicky Tomlinson and Lucy Hancock
Warwickshire College Group
Leicester College Group
New College Stamford
Cohort 2AR Lead & Topic
CPD sessions for Cohort 2 will take place on the dates in the table above between 1:30 - 4:30
East Kent College
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
Fareham CollegeNaomi Smith
Newham College of Further EducationElizabeth Hopker
Christ the King Sixth Form College
Leyton Sixth Form CollegeByron Sheffield
City College Plymouth
Weston College of Further EducationHayley Wood
Harlow College
Cambridge Regional College Monika Bolton

3. Professional development dates & links

Please note that booking links for each of the CPD Sessions will be released shortly.

Sessions DatesTrainers
Session 1 23 June 2021Cath Gladding, Joss Kang and Lou Mycroft
Getting to Grips with CfEM Action Research Cohort 1: 9:30 -12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
Session 2 30 June 2021Cath Gladding, Joss Kang and Lou Mycroft
Designing CPD & cycles of collaborative action researchCohort 1: 9:30 -12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
Session 3 10 November 2021 (N.B date change)Cath Gladding, Joss Kang and Lou Mycroft
Moving on: reviewing & planning Cohort 1: 9:30 -12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30
Session 4 9 March 2022Cath Gladding, Joss Kang and Lou Mycroft
So what, Now what?Cohort 1: 9:30 -12:30
Cohort 2: 1:30 - 4:30

4. Supporting you

  • Slack

We will be using Slack for all of our communications, not email. You will be sent a link to join the Slack Workspace for Action Research Leads. Please join the Slack Workspace as soon as you receive the invitation as the link will expire. Should you have any difficulties accessing Slack, please do get in touch.

  • Video

Watch this ‘how to’ video if you haven’t used Slack before.

  • FAQs 

Please add any questions you may have to this collaborative document, where they will be answered. 

  • Quality

You can see more on the Education and Training Foundation’s Quality Assurance Process here and Independent Evaluation here. (To be added shortly). 

  • Mentor

As part of the programme we recommend that you access confidential mentor support to support your AR lead journey. If you would like to access mentor support please discuss with your Centre Lead.

5. Resources

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