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.
MEd Teaching Team Recruitment
The HertsCam MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning is entirely taught by experienced teachers. We are now seeking to expand the teaching team from September 2017. If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact Sarah Lightfoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Frost writes a monthly blog focusing on aspects of teacher leadership.
Latest post - June 2017
Decisional capital, technology and human warmth
Regular readers will have noticed an unfortunate hiatus in my blogging. There was no blog in May. In case you were wondering why, it was just acute embarrassment. Let me explain: at the beginning of May a posse from HertsCam had travelled to Rotterdam to participate in the Education International conference. At this event we launched our new book, published on 1st May. Tweets and emails repeated the good news and a gratifyingly large number of people logged on to Amazon to try to buy the book only to find that it was ‘Unavailable’. We had begun the process of opening our Amazon Seller Account in January but had not reckoned with the extreme rigour of Amazon’s ‘verification’ process. This involves checking every bit of data through which we are identified on Companies House and the Charities Commission websites, at the bank and so on. At HertsCam Publications we expressed our frustration in some very short words and some with just two syllables. We were frustrated by a system which relies on algorithms and standard electronic replies to our enquiries. We just wanted to talk to real people. We wanted dialogue. We wanted to say – so what’s the problem? How can we fix it? Alas, it seems that the Amazon business model does not involve many actual people.
We know of course that this is the way things are done these days. Fewer face-to-face transactions. Fewer opportunities for human error. Pilotless air flight. Driverless cars. What will they think of next? At the EI conference in Rotterdam we heard Andy Hargreaves railing against the march of technological solutions to the problem of education. He gave us a robust critique of developments such as the Bridge International Academies which provides ‘low-cost education’ in countries such as Liberia, Uganda and Nigeria. Their approach is to minimise dependency on their teacher’s ability to plan lessons and make other professional judgements. Teachers are given an iPad with all their lessons pre-loaded, planned by experts at central office. Hargreaves’ argued that in this sort of approach teachers are construed as mere technicians and ‘decisional capital’ is diminished. Read more...
April 2017: Distributed editing to amplify the teacher voice
March 2017: Across the great divide or othering and belonging in a professional learning community
Feb 2017: Empowerment and facilitation
Jan 2017: Snapshot of a teacher-led masters course
Dec 2016: A salute to ‘il professori’
Recruiting for the MEd for Sept. 2017
Places still available for 2017
HertsCam is now offering places recruiting for this unique masters programme that enables teachers and other practitioners to become effective agents of change.
This programme is uniquely led by teachers themselves - see David's Blog
If you want to know more, go to Programmes tab above or click on the button below
Sir John Lawes School network event: Wednesday 7th June
The final network event of the year opened with a garden party in Sir John Lawes’ Oasis garden with Sixth formers serving refreshments and providing musical entertainment. Fortunately Assistant Headteacher Ben Garcia who hosted the event had planned kind weather and teachers were able to mingle and reconnect before entering the hall for the welcome and presentation speech. With an audience of about fifty HertsCam members and Sir John Lawes colleagues, Ben invited us to think about the importance of “Learning together”: teachers and students learning together as a shared experience. He then passed over to Lyndsay Gillot, Head of Music who showed us what “Learning together” can look like in action by giving a compelling account of her MEd project which subverts the learning process by having students teaching teachers a musical instrument. As Lyndsay said “We didn’t know what was going to happen” and part of the joy has been that process of discovery for all involved. Quoting Keats’ concept of negative capability, Ben reminded us of the importance of embracing uncertainty.
The poster and networking session enabled people to engage their curiosity for example about how to make homework meaningful, how to engage hard to reach parents and how to develop students’ dictionary skills. What was really evident in both the poster and workshop sessions was the thirst for hearing the gritty details of what has worked but also the innovative and imaginative ideas to make that extra difference. For example, Lisa Dillon from Amwell View invited colleagues to help her think through how to develop Teaching Assistants’ capacity to support learning and Bethany Fraser, Emily Brown and Jo Mylles from Sir John Lawes shared their Footsteps to the Future project which has had a significant impact on developing the engagement and participation of disadvantaged Year 9 students through a range of strategies such as group mentoring, charity work and fundraising.