The following news items appear in chronological order, with the most recent news at the top.
Centre Renewal and University recognition. CfLaT has had notification that we have been approved by URC it will now go forward to Executive Board and Senate for University approval and we should be ‘renewed’ as an official University Research Centre for a further three years starting August 1st 2014.
CfLaT Conference! We held a half day 'mini' conference and will focus on examining the challenges faced when developing Enquiry/Project Based Learning. This took place on 14th June 2013 and was free. To find out more please click here.
CfLaT – Showcase: Using Research To Transform Learning This free event took place on Wednesday 18th September. For a full write up and more information, click here.
Learning from practice Event! CfLaT, with support from Mentor UK, hosted a seminar to launch the Sub 21 and Just for a Laugh Evaluation reports on Tuesday 10th July, entitled: 'Learning from Practice: '. To download a flyer, click here.
Video interaction guidance Book launched! CfLaT member Liz Todd is co-editor with Hilary Kennedy and Mim Landor of the first UK Book on Video Interaction Guidance (VIG). For further details click here.
Social Renewal Event! Funded through the Social Renewal Programme, CfLaT hosted a conference on Tuesday 12th June, entitled: 'Moving Forward: Extended schools and services into the future'. To download a flyer, click here.
Two Research seminars of interest to educationalists, teachers and linguists based on the work of Caleb Gattegno (1911-1988), these seminars took place on October 18th, to download a flier, click here
CfLaT/BERA Visual Methods Seminar took place on Friday 8th April. For further details click here.
Newcastle has been chosen to act as host for the regional centre for the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR) network! The Launch of this Network took place on March 8th. For further details, and information about future events, please click here. Members can follow CPR national activity through Twitter
CfLaT welcomed Professor Helen Timperley! She visited CfLaT for two weeks from 25th October 2010 during which she was involved in a series of events. For details of these events, click here.
Virtual teachers meet in the real world. Professor Sugata Mitra's loyal following of volunteer teachers have been 'virtually' meeting up for a while now, but they finally got the chance to talk face-to-face as part of a Beacon North East funded 'Skype Grannies' project led by Jill Clark and David Leat of CfLaT. For more information, click here.
Equate Conference July 2nd 2010: The equal acclaim for teaching excellence (EQUATE) project has been delivered by a team from CfLaT. Colleagues from academic and administrative teams are warmly invited to attend this conference. For more information, see our webpage, or to download a registration form please click here.
Transitions Research Reported. Recently completed research in the area of transition from school/college to University, undertaken by Jill Clark, Ian Hall and Ann Briggs, has been reported on and findings are now available here.
BCSE Great Schools Inquiry. CflaT member Pam Woolner is one of three expert panel members who will be addressing the question ‘What evidence is there of the link between school buildings/ environments and educational achievement and broader outcomes for young people?’. Click here for more information.
CfLAT launch EquATE: Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence Programme! CfLaT will deliver a programme of support targeted at experienced lecturers who wish to focus their career development on excellence in teaching and learning with the intention that they will become leaders of teaching and learning innovation in their programmes and disciplines. For further information click here.
BELMAS said goodbye to Ann Briggs! Four associated CfLaT staff members and seven students attended the annual BELMAS Educational Leadership conference in Sheffield in July. Ann was given a presentation by the Society to mark the end of her very successful term as Chair, and her retirement. Ann also gave a paper: 'Leading educational partnerships", which can be downloaded here.
2008 Marie Butterworth Prize Awarded for Excellence in Practitioner Enquiry! Deborah Currans has been awarded this prize for her high quality dissertation. For further details, click here.
New DCSF Project! CfLaT members Liz Todd, Colleen Cummings and Karen Laing have received funding – over £880K – from the DCSF to complete a large collaborative research project: Extended Services Evaluation. For further information contact Liz Todd.
CfLaT Annual Conference 2009 held! This year the theme was: Sustaining Educational Change Through Partnership, and the conference took place on Friday May 1st 2009. To learn more about how successful it was, please click here.
CfLaT hosted an ESRC Researcher Development Initiative workshop on May 21st and 22nd. Focusing on developing visual methods research capacity it included presentations from Jon Prosser, Rob Walker, Ruth Holliday, Steve Higgins and Tessa Muncey. For details see here.
CfLaT hosted a BERA Seminar on 'Researching Pupil Voice: Issues of Participation and Inclusion' on Friday 24th April, 2009. To learn more, please click here.
Liz Todd ran a 5-day level 1 training course in Narrative Therapy with Hugh Fox (Centre for Narrative Practice) at Newcastle University, on March 23rd, 24th & May 6th, 7th, 8th 2009. Cost £420 (£336 self-funders). Email for more details.
Anna Reid, CfLaT member and KTP Associate has won a Business Leader of Tomorrow Award! Only 6 awards are given each year, for full details, please click here.
How do children affected by HIV and AIDS in Zambia cope with school? CfLaT member Sue Robson reports, click here for details.
Friday 6th March: Dr Thien Lwin: Reflections on nine years of the Teacher Training for Burmese Teachers Programme.
Wednesday 11th March: Karen Lowing: Scot Language in the Scottish Classroom Ane Instructioun for Bairnis to be Learnit in Scottis: an argument for Scots in the Scottish classroom.
Optimus Education (including Chris Kington Publishing) held a celebratory event on the 11th February at the Baltic to mark over a decade of successful collaboration with the Centre. For details, click here and for details of our outputs and our partnership working with Optimus, please see here.
Plenty of space to play with?
CfLaT has had its University Research
Centre Status (URC) Renewed!
The University Research Office (URO) recommended that the URC status of CfLaT be renewed and this was formally agreed by Senate in November 2008.
CfLaT Leadership Change
CfLaT has a new leadership structure:
This rationalisation of the leadership roles will mean that different aspects of Centre activities will be led by an experienced member of the team who can concentrate on ensuring their success.
Parents should stop trying to be perfect!
CfLaT member Liz Todd says that parenting is no more in crisis today than it has ever been. For more details on this, please click here.
David Leat, Executive Director of the Centre, has received his well deserved promotion to Professor.
CfLaT has relocated!For details of our new location, and address, please click here.
Research on handheld technology in the Mathematics classroom
Congratulations to David Wright who was invited to ‘showcase’ his 2 year research project for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics at ‘The Potential of ICT in Mathematics Teaching and Learning’ Conference. For full details, please click here.
Learning at the double for school pupils
Twenty-eight student researchers from West Sleekburn Middle School and the Federation of Bedlingtonshire Community High School visited Newcastle University last month to be formally inducted into their Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project – one of the first of its kind in the country. For full details, please click here.
Action Research in the Classroom book published!
CfLaT would like to announce the publication of ‘Action Research in the Classroom’. Written by Professor Vivienne Baumfield (University of Glasgow), Elaine Hall and Dr Kate Wall (both of CfLaT), the book is the culmination of thinking across a number of research projects. For further details, click here, and for a review of the book, click here.
CfLaT Annual Conference: ‘Learning in thinking communities: research and practice’ was held on Tuesday 4th March 2008
Our second Annual Conference was a success with over 115 delegates attending from all over the country! The conference provided opportunities for teachers, trainers and researchers in a range of learning contexts to keep up to date with new developments and to build their own capacity and their understanding of how they fit with the contexts & circumstance in which they promote learning.
Please click here for a summary of the day!
Counselling in Schools Research Report published!
A team led by Sue Pattison of CfLaT was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly to conduct a research study into counselling services for children and young people. The final report can be downloaded here.
Talking about Learning book published!
CfLaT would like to announce the publication of ‘Talking about Learning: using templates to find out about pupils’ views’. Written by Dr Kate Wall (CfLaT), Prof Steve Higgins (Durham University) and Emma Packard (North Tyneside Authority) the book is the culmination of thinking across a number of research projects. For further details, click here.
Liz Todd's book shortlisted!
'Partnerships for Inclusive Education' (2007) by Liz Todd, a member of CfLaT, was shortlisted for the NASEN/TES academic book awards this year.
CfLaT launch the new Extended Schools Update Series!
CfLaT have recently been awarded a second contract with Optimus Publishing, this time to deliver ‘Extended Schools Update’. This publication is aimed at extended school co-ordinators and multi-disciplinary staff working in both primary and secondary schools across the country. For details click here.
David Leat, CfLaT Director, ran the Great North Run!
David, despite an injury, ran the Great North Run on Sunday 30th September, 2007, and finished in a very impressive 1 hour and 35 minutes! David also raised over £500 for Debt Relief and Oxfam.
September 2007 - KTP Associate
We are recruiting a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in conjunction with Bedlington Community High School in the formation of a KTP Programme which has the aim of designing a model for the teaching of enquiry skills with the assessment and recording of learning outcomes in digital portfolios by secondary students.
Learning and Teaching Update Uptake Success!
Since the launch of the Learning and Teaching Update series, we have seen a steady increase in uptake in secondary school subscriptions during this year. For full details, please click here
CfLaT members ran the Race for Life!
On Sunday 15th July, 2007, and we managed to raise over £200 for Cancer Research. Click here for more details.
June 2007: Extended Schools Research Findings Released!
On June 28th, 2007, Newslink reported findings from the Extended Schools Project, which involved colleagues from CfLaT: Liz Todd, Colleen Cummings and Lucy Tiplady.
* Better results at extended schools *
Schools offering breakfast clubs and after-hours activities tend to get better exam results, new research suggests. For further information, please follow the link.
On June 26th, 2007, BBC Online reported findings from the Extended Schools Project, which involved colleagues from CfLaT: Liz Todd, Colleen Cummings and Lucy Tiplady.
"Extendended Schools 'raise results" Researchers from Newcastle (CfLaT) and Manchester Universities carried out a three-year study of extended schools and concluded that they improve GCSE results more quickly than the average". For the full story, please follow the link.
On May 7th, 2007, the Learning to Learn in Schools Phase 3 Evaluation findings were released
The Learning to Learn in Schools Phase 3 Evaluation was a three year project funded through the Campaign for Learning and supported by a University team comprising colleagues from the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University, Durham University and the Institute of Education, London University. The project built on findings from Phases 1 and 2 and involved 33 schools from three LAs (Cheshire, Cornwall and Enfield).
In October 2005, Teaching Expertise reported findings from the schools building literature review - which involved several colleagues from CfLaT: Elaine Hall, Steve Higgins, David Leat, Caroline McCaughey, Kate Wall and Pam Woolner.
"Lick of paint can improve learning". Schools do not need to make massive improvements to school buildings to bring about improvements in learning – simple, inexpensive changes can make all the difference, according to Design Council research. For the full story, please follow the link.
On September 28th, 2005, Newslink reported findings from two projects - the Schools Renaissance Project and a schools building literature review - which involved several colleagues from CfLaT: Elaine Hall, Steve Higgins, David Leat, Caroline McCaughey, Kate Wall and Pam Woolner.
"Design Lessons: findings suggest that there are valuable lessons which can be learned from previous phases of school-building in the UK which will enable the 'Building Schools for the Future' (BSF) programme to have the desired effect in raising standards of attainment" For the full story, please follow the link.
On September 28th, 2005, BBC Online reported findings from two projects - the Schools Renaissance Project and a schools building literature review - which involved several colleagues from CfLaT: Elaine Hall, Steve Higgins, David Leat, Caroline McCaughey, Kate Wall and Pam Woolner.
"Painting classroom raises results" Schools do not need to spend huge sums on new facilities to improve pupil attainment, research suggests. For the full news story, please follow the link.
On September 28th, 2005, The Daily Mirror briefly reported findings from two projects - the Schools Renaissance Project and a schools building literature review - which involved several colleagues from CfLaT: Elaine Hall, Steve Higgins, David Leat, Caroline McCaughey, Kate Wall and Pam Woolner.
"MAKEOVER SCHOOLS TO GET RESULTS" CHEAP school make-overs, such as repainting walls, can improve pupils' performance, education experts said today. For the full news story, please follow the link.
On September 27th, 2005, Newslink reported findings a schools building literature review - which involved several colleagues from CfLaT: Elaine Hall, Steve Higgins, David Leat, Caroline McCaughey, Kate Wall and Pam Woolner.
"Government must learn lessons in school building design"
For the full news item, please follow the link.
On September 30th, 2003, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation announced findings from the Schools and Community Regeneration Project - which involved colleagues from CfLaT including Colleen Cummings.
"Involving schools in local regeneration ‘demands clearer thinking about their role’". For details on this press release, please click on the link.