MA Education Works! 2014

Our second MA Education Works conference took place on Tuesday 1 July with student presentations reflecting the diversity of our cohorts and a range of student work displaying a fascinating range of explored leadership and management themes. Take a look at the photos from the day, below.

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To begin, Chris Warren, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Science, welcomed over 50 delegates to our Kirtley Hall building and gave an outline of how the MA Education programme has developed to now include delivery to staff in their own school or college.

Our visiting Professor, Steve Chinn, who has an impressive record in research, publication and consultancy in the area of dyscalculia and dyslexia was welcomed to share his theories with visitors. We hope to develop further work with Steve and share his expertise around the barriers to maths learning and how to support early learning.

Chris then introduced our guest speaker, Wendy Whelan, Executive Principal of Derby Moor Specialist Sports College and Derby Pride Academy. Wendy outlined what learning at masters level meant to her, her staff and their students. Wendy also explained why her school had embarked on a rolling MA Education offer to staff and the impact it was having on professional practice and personal development. Take a look at Wendy's presentation.

Students gave their personal insights

Vanessa Cottle, MA Education programme leader, invited a selection of students to share their study experiences. To see their presentations, simply click on their name below.

  • Natasha Young delivered a great talk about a new 'special book' that has been developed and implemented with her nursery team as a result of her studies. Natasha spoke in detail about how the book has positively impacted the children, staff, parents and their associated relationships.
  • Shaheen Parekh and Tina Patrick from The Bemrose School in Derby, enthused and entertained delegates by sharing the journey of their highs and lows during their masters level study. They gave inspiring insights into the new way they reflect, review, and challenge themselves within their subject leadership and classroom practice.
  • Catherine Sykes outlined her career progression in local authority support, based around her masters study. She shared her pride at achieving the award and wondered how she would fill the gap that study had left.
  • Kay Guccione chose to focus her Level 7 MA study on Level 8 Doctoral thesis writing and how coaching can impact on successful Doctorate submissions, including overcoming the barriers to completion.
  • Steve Spence from Derby College, concluded the shared presentations by touching on “the bridge too far?” – the developing links and understanding between Educationalists and Neuroscientists.

All of our guest speakers' presentations were fantastic and thought-provoking. Vivien Walkup, Head of Postgraduate Studies thanked all presenters including those that provided poster examples of their academic study displayed on the exhibition boards. Three students were given special awards for their inspiring and thoughtful examination of their chosen projects, congratulations for these awards go to:

  • Ann Cartwright
  • Ebiere Dawaye
  • Sasha Carter

After such an inspirational day there was only one thing left to do, network and quiz the presenters! The event drew to a close with book token presentations for all guest speakers before some continued into their evening by attending Steve Chinn's inaugural lecture, titled: Teaching Mathematics as it is to the learner as he is.

Want to know more about MA Education?

If you want to know more about the range of opportunities we offer to study MA Education (full time) or MA Education (part time), please contact Hazel Thompson, telephone: +44 (0)1332 591817.

You can also download our MA Education information pack for a greater understanding of the course.

CPD tailored to you

We spoke with Mark Cottingham, head teacher at Da Vinci School, to hear how a workplace cohort program has achieved greater creativity in teaching and learning. 

Natalie Kerslake, a local teaching assistant, talks about the valued support she has received from her lecturers and how part time study has enriched her professional practice in school.

What the Headteachers say

"After just two terms, we are already seeing school middle leaders making decisions for next year based on their learning so far. I am enjoying reading academic work about Bemrose practices."

Jo Ward, Headteacher for Bemrose School in Derby

Last year's success

Our key note speakers, Sally Fitton, School Improvement Advisor for Derbyshire County Council and Jo Hawkyard, Assistant Headteacher at Belper School focused on “How do we narrow the gaps in progress between students within vulnerable groups? The national picture, the local picture and one school's valiant attempt".

Read more about last year's event.