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MA Education Works! Conference

Our first conference, June 2013

Held on Tuesday 25 June 2013, over 50 delegates attended our first MA Education Works! conference focused on sharing current and graduate students’ experiences of how their learning has impacted on their education practice and personal and professional development.

Chris Warren, Former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Science introduced the event with an outline of how the MA Education Programme has grown and developed within a changing education funding landscape.

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". Jo explained an approach she is testing out at her school using pupil premium funding to deliver targeted support to selected students and monitoring impact on behaviour, learning and attainment. She feels there have been real and tangible benefits from employing three highly skilled permanent teaching assistants to work with the students, clearly raising confidence and aspirations of individuals.

Graduates and current students from the part time, full time and school cohort study groups presented a series of short informal presentations. They entertained and inspired with how they are structuring action research into their professional and reflective practice and the benefits for their own students and colleagues.

Mark Cottingham, Head teacher of Da Vinci Community College, explained why his school has signed up for a full MA Education programme delivered on site over three years to a group of staff. Naomi Kerr-Shaw and Kat Whitaker, staff participants, gave insightful accounts of how the MA study had impacted on them personally and professionally and how their view of their practice and career progression had been shaped by their experiences to date.

Our grateful thanks also go to:

  • Emma Davies
  • Arooj Shameem
  • Richard Green
  • Jessie (Jihong) Moore
  • Pat Ford

Their enthusiasm and commitment to professional learning and occasional surprises and honesty at how it had affected them was infectious.

We also need to thank all the students who submitted examples of their learning and research by displaying their academic posters around the hall.  Kirtley Hall became a buzz of networking colleagues, reflecting on the academic posters, making new contacts and quizzing others for information over a drink and a buffet supper.)

Find out more

If you are interested in studying MA Education, you can do so either full-time or part-time

For further information please contact:

Hazel Thompson
University of Derby
01332 591817
h.thompson@derby.ac.uk