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.
2nd Network Event of 2019-20
at The Vale Academy - 18th November 2019
The Vale Academy in Dunstable warmly welcomed members of HertsCam to our second Network Event of the 2019-20 school year. We were delighted to see colleagues both old and new to TLDW and the MEd programmes, and in particular a large number of colleagues from across the Shared Learning Trust, including members from the Board of Trustees.
The programme was opened by our host Bex Howe, Director of Primary Education at the Vale Academy, we were also treated to passionate speeches from three members of the student council. The opening address was delivered by Kate Hooft - Headteacher of The Vale Academy. Kate spoke passionately about the impact Outdoor Learning is having on learning in the school’s community. Sheila Ball, HertsCam TLDW & ITL Programme Leader welcomed all the participants to establish connections with our international colleagues working in Cairo, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. 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 gym during the Poster Gallery Walk session, with post-it-note contributions; sharing, shaping and building knowledge.
The Gallery Walk and Workshops provided an insight into a range of enquiries, provoking discussion and the sharing of ideas. Project titles included; Developing strategies to make playtime inclusive for everyone. Developing strategies to develop positive behaviours through outdoor learning. Developing strategies to improve pupils’ oracy skills. Developing a peer mentoring program to improve mental health and wellbeing. Developing a support framework for our most vulnerable children living in poverty.
Participants feedback after the event included:
The posters were well presented. It was great to network with others
Information, content and presentations…It was all great!
Thank you to Bex Howe for hosting, to Heather Walker for the administration of the event and to everyone who contributed through the posters and workshops. We look forward to welcoming you to our next Network Event on Tuesday 11th February 2020 hosted by Neil Chumbley at Birchwood High School, Bishops Stortford CM23 5BD
It can be downloaded as an e-book, below:
Our books are available on Amazon.
Empowering teachers as agents of change (the blue book) is now available as an e-book. You can download this without charge here:
The HertsCam Research, Publications and Doctoral Study group
This is a new initiative to support network members who wish to engage in further study. This may be in the form of:
If you would like to join us for an initial exploratory session on 11th Jan. 2020, 9.30-12.30 please email Heather Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.