Phase 1 of the Getting Practical transition project was completed in October 2012. Both the E. Sussex and Barking and Dagenham clusters found the cpd resources to be very useful. In the well-established E. Sussex cluster, the impact is embedded across by:
A. Termly cross-phase meetings
B. Cross-phase lesson observations
C. Sharing of schemes of learning
D. Common recording structures for assessment data
E. Support with subject knowledge
F. Improved primary-secondary liaison including G&T provision
G.Professorional development (and career enhancement) for participants
H. Better quality practical work
I. Impact on pupil outcomes in science.
In the new cluster in Barking and Dagenham, there has been some positive impact, but not yet across the cluster:
A. Evidence of impact within individual schools
B. Impact on individual teachers.
In both clusters there will be a follow up evaluation visit in the summer term 2013 to look for evidence of longer term, sustainable impact. The Getting Practical transition project is now in Phase 2, where we are continuing to work with the original two clusters, as well as three new clusters.
The purpose of the project is to develop a short training package which can be used to improve the effectiveness of practical work across the primary-secondary transition. It is envisaged that this CPD package will be used by existing primary-secondary clusters or indeed as the focus for establishing a new cluster, developing a shared understanding of the pedagogy for effective practical work. The East Sussex cluster of primary schools with their local secondary school has developed and trialled the CPD package, and currently a second cluster in Barking and Dagenham is working with the CPD package.
The purpose of the project is to develop a short training package which can be used to improve the effectiveness of practical work across the primary-secondary transition. Schools will trial and produce case studies based on their use of the adapted Getting Practical CPD package. These case studies will be published via the AZSTT, ASE and CLEAPSS websites and in ASE & CLEAPSS journals.