Six Winstanley College staff have been accredited as Lead Practitioners through the SSAT (Schools, Students and Teachers) network, the largest & longest-standing network of secondary schools in England. The accreditation is recognition of the positive impact their work is having on students.
A Lead Practitioner develops a range of personal and professional skills whilst undergoing professional development to enhance their own practice. This year’s cohort included Dave Woods who leads the Dentist, Vets and Medics pathway at the college. Dave succeeded in significantly increasing the number of medical, dentistry and vet place offers from prestigious universities. Secondly is teacher Stephen Brockley whose research into independent learning styles helped support the latest crop of students’ outstanding results.
Dr Gary Brawn, who provided valuable research support to colleagues teaching the new linear A-level specification, and Ged Allen, who developed state of the art online activities and resources were also part of the cohort.
Vice Principal Mel Chadwick commented, ‘we have outstanding teachers at Winstanley who have used the structure and support of the Lead Practitioner programme to focus on research which has in turn benefitted all their colleagues and then through them, the students’
This success has seen Winstanley College be awarded Lead Practitioner Learning Centre status. This means the college is licensed to train and support future Lead Practitioners from across the North West. The first cohort started in September and current LPs are researching areas such as; revision techniques for the new linear specifications, employability skill development and how best to support LGBT students. The next cohort starts in January and the College welcome applicants from secondary and primary school teachers as well as post 16.
Dave and Stephen are now the Lead Practitioner Co-ordinators for the college. Stephen commented: “A Lead Practitioner has a big impact not just on their own class but on the impact of learning in their institution and beyond. The role has enabled me to share good practice and network with local schools and nationally. As a co-ordinator I hope to develop a group of LP across the North West who can share good practice from primary school to HE, and have a continuous impact on learning.”
Pictured above are Winstanley staff Dave Woods and Stephen Brockley with Andy Williams from the SSAT.