I can't believe that nine months have flown by since my last Staffroom story. What on Earth happens to time? I'm convinced that working in education makes the clock spin so fast it opens a vortex where daily life disappears. I'm sure you recognise the feeling. My time vortex became even deeper in September 2017 when I became Research Partnerships and Networks Manager for the Chartered College of Teaching. I had enjoyed 23 years in education research at the University of Cambridge but it had often been frustrating that our evidence on teaching and learning sits quietly in academic journals on library shelves rather than having a real impact where it matters most - in classrooms and schools and on policymakers' desks. My new role is an exciting opportunity to be part of an organisation dedicated to bringing teachers and research together. As Dame Alison Peacock, our CEO says, the Chartered College is here to inform, to inspire and to connect teachers with evidence. Not all of this evidence comes from academic research and official data. School-based evidence and teacher research also provide rich seams of evidence for building a sound professional knowledge base. But accessing the evidence is only half the story - the value of evidence can only be realised if teachers are given time, support and space to make use of it.
It's likely that you're facing your own time vortex so connecting with relevant, credible evidence may not seem like a top priority. However, taking the time to engage with research evidence often repays the effort by showing new solutions and deepening your understanding of what works and why. So what is the Chartered College doing to help teachers like you to connect? Our member journal, called Impact, has accessibly-written articles by leading researchers and teachers - it's a great starting point for joining the conversations around excellence in teaching and readable in bite-size chunks over coffee. Following up each Impact edition, our Third Space events give you a chance to discuss the articles in depth with the authors themselves and other teachers. Our Chartered College networks across the country offer something for everyone - from large conferences to small, focused workshops, exploring a huge range of interests including SEND, Lesson Study, Music Education, Mental Health, Primary Literacy and Early Education. Set up in collaboration with schools, teacher training, trusts, universities and subject associations, our networks are there to support you whatever your setting, subject or specialism. If you can't find a network in your location or your interest area, why not set one up with us? Network events are open to teachers who are not yet Chartered College members and most are free of charge so why not pop along to your nearest network meeting and find out more (details can be found here chartered.college/networks)?
If you're in the Norwich/Norfolk area on Saturday 11th November you're welcome to sign up to attend our Regional Network meeting www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suffolk... and for Ipswich/Suffolk area, there is a Regional Network session on Saturday 18th November www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suffolk.... For an up-to-date list of Chartered College network events in other regions please send a direct message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To join us or to find out more about the Chartered College of Teaching see chartered.college