What HertsCam does
Our core programmes are the school-based Teacher Led Development Work (TLDW) programme and the MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning, but there are many other activities and projects through which network members pursue their aims. At our Network Events – six during the course of the year - and at our Annual Conference, it is inspiring to see teachers sharing accounts of their development work and working together to build robust professional knowledge.
We also enter into partnerships with other organisations to support school self-evaluation and to enable others to build programmes to support teacher leadership.
We have worked with partners in more than 17 countries around the world to help create programmes of support for teacher leadership.
Wormley Network Event: 17th November
Emma Anderson, one of the Network Coordinators kicked off our second network event of the year at Wormley Primary School to an audience of over 50 teachers from all corners of Hertfordshire. Participants from last year’s Wormley and Early Years TLDW groups led by Tracy Gaiteri and Sarah Lightfoot were presented with their certificates and their successes celebrated. Tracy Gaiteri, Head of Wormley and our host, took us back to our childhood with a retelling of the story of the Little Red Hen. She then deftly illustrated the lessons to be learned about the importance of consultation and collaboration. What were the Little Red Hen’s values? Had she shared these with her animal friends might they have been more willing to collaborate? Had she consulted her animal friends about her plan for action for making the bread, could they have helped her create a better plan? The moral of the story was put to good test as we moved on to the poster and networking session
There were no Little Red Hens here. The power of consultation and collaboration in enabling both those presenting posters and those visiting posters was in evidence. Regardless of phase or experience, professional dialogue about how best to resolve issues, overcome barriers and indeed learn some practical strategies and network flourished.
The workshop sessions enabled us to learn more about Steve Emmett, Maxine Dalton, Esther Hamilton, Deb Harris and Matt Pickering’s development work. Keely McLaughlin’s session reminded us of how consultation can result in having to completely change your action plan which although initially disheartening results in a stronger plan which is more likely to have the impact you want. Questions around leadership such as “How do you influence others?” and nudging colleagues to think differently by asking “What would happen if you stopped doing x?” provoked some interesting discussion.