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 – five 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.
Doctoral studies focusing on HertsCam
David Frost was a member of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education for more than twenty years during which time he was approached by a series of people who wanted him to supervise their doctoral studies. Among these were several whose studies focused on the non-positional teacher leadership work within HertsCam and the International Teacher Leadership initiative. The dissertations / theses resulting from these doctoral studies are now available electronically and are outlined below.
1st Network Event of 2019-20
at Barnwell School - 8th October 2019
Barnwell School in Stevenage warmly welcomed members of HertsCam to the first Network Event of the 2019-20 school year. We were delighted to see colleagues both old and new to TLDW and the MEd programmes. The inclusive nature of HertsCam was clearly represented in the wide range of school experience and settings from Early Years practitioners to those working at Post 16 and colleagues teaching and leading in Special Ed.
The programme was opened by our host Emma Anderson AHT at Barnwell, a long-standing supporter of HertsCam, graduate of the TLDW and MEd programmes and member of the current MEd teaching team. The opening address was delivered by Matt Roberts; Head of School and another TLDW and MEd veteran. Matt spoke passionately about the positive impact HertsCam has made on his career and in shaping his own leadership journey. Sheila Ball, HertsCam TLDW Programme Leader welcomed all the participants to the new academic year.
Amanda Roberts, HertsCam MEd Programme Leader, invited all those present to consider continuing their learning journey by enrolling on the HertsCam MEd in Leading Teaching and Learning
There was a vibrant atmosphere in the hall during the Poster Gallery Walk session, with post-it-note contributions; sharing, shaping and building knowledge.
The second session provided an insight into a range of enquiries, provoking discussion and the sharing of ideas for colleagues leading the following workshops; Developing strategies to see the impact of a positive diary/journal on the well-being of students with anxiety issues. Improving support for siblings through deploying resources more effectively within the PRU. Developing language through playful strategies. Developing animation concepts and facilitating student social skills for class achievement.
Participants feedback after the event included:
I enjoyed Grace Aikman’s talk – it was really helpful and a great breakdown of her project
Informative and inspirational…I got lots of ideas for my TLDW during the poster presentations
Thank you to Emma Anderson, Cary Francis and Jackie Johnson for hosting, to Heather Walker for the administration of the event and to everyone who contributed through the posters and workshops. All feedback will be discussed at the next Management Meeting.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Network Event on Monday 18th November 4:45pm-6:30pm hosted by Bex Howe at The Vale Academy, Dunstable LU5 4QP
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Empowering teachers as agents of change (the blue book) is now available as an e-book. You can download this without charge here:
HertsCam re-organisation 2019-20
In July this year David Frost withdrew from the day-to-day management of the HertsCam Network in order to focus on HertsCam publications and his own writing.
After consultation with the HertsCam Managing Group and Trustees the following has been agreed:
Sarah Lightfoot, who has been MEd leader and a stalwart of HertsCam for many years, has taken a break. Everyone in HertsCam extends their deepest thanks to her for all her hard work and dedication to teacher leadership. We also offer our many congratulations to her on achieving her EdD.
The new structure is bedding down with programme leaders getting to know their remit and liaising with colleagues. It is an exciting time for HertsCam and we hope you will come and say hello at one of our events or get in touch with us with your ideas to expand our activities.
Transforming education: a new HertsCam MEd cohort begins
We are very excited to welcome 14 new participants onto the MEd programme in September 2019 and look forward to the impact they will undoubtedly have on leadership and learning within their schools and beyond.
To read more, please visit the HertsCam MEd page:
Launching the Teacher Leadership in Kazakhstan initiative
In the middle of August, a team of six from HertsCam travelled to Kazakhstan to help launch this exciting TLK initiative. The 3-day Induction Conference was held at Nazarbayev University in the capital city, Astana, which has recently been officially re-named as Nur-Sultan. The project, funded by the Soros Foundation, will extend over three years in order to bring non-positional teacher leadership to most regions of the country.
Click here for a full report of the Induction Conference and for more information about the TLK initiative.