Lesson Study for SEND

As a Teaching School Alliance, we are excited by the potential of Lesson Study, to build professional learning communities, and innovative new approaches for addressing barriers to learning. In recent months we have played an active role in a number of exciting Lesson Study projects, for example as part of the ‘Closing the Gap: Test and Learn’ initiative, and a Camden-wide Lesson Study supported by the Lord Mayors Fund.

Throughout 2015-15, we will be running a series of events, dedicated to Lesson Study in SEND settings, and at how the derivative of ‘Learning Study’ can be utilised by practitioners, to make sense of learning differences.

A Half-Term Study Seminar in collaboration with the Camden Schools Led Partnership:
Phenomenography, Variation Theory and Learning Study

Thursday 29th October 2015
10:00am to 3:00pm

This event is for those who would appreciate a theoretical overview of ‘Learning Study’ and space for those reflective/academic dialogues, which are not always manageable in term time! Dr Yuefeng Ellen Zhang from the Hong Kong Institute of Education will be speaking at this event. Ellen is the author of a range of research papers, including ‘Catering for individual differences with small class teaching in a Guangzhou secondary school’ (2014).  Also speaking at this event will be Dr. Pete Dudley, founder of Lesson Study UK and author of ‘Lesson Study: Professional Learning for Our Time’ (Routledge, 2014) This event is ideal for teachers and researchers wanting to combine a long weekend in London, with a professional learning opportunity!

To cover costs running costs for this event, we are charging participants £45 + VAT.  Booking can be made through Eventbrite here or by emailing drc@swisscottage.camden.sch.uk to request an invoice.

Participants are invited to take part in a meal in a restaurant in the evening after the event (not included) at an estimated cost of £30 per person (to be paid in restaurant).  To reserve a place on this email tracy.edwards@swisscottage.camden.sch.uk

Exploring Learning Differences through Lesson Study

Tuesday 24th November 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm

  • Why has Lesson Study been growing in global popularity in recent years?
  • Is it a mere current trend or an important tool for improving schools and developing education practitioners?
  • What is the difference between ‘Lesson Study’ and ‘Learning Study’?
  • Does this actually matter?
  • Is there any point in trying to force Lesson (or Learning) Study to “fit” special schools?
  • Or does it offer unique valuable ways for educators to make sense of learning differences?

The day will be led by Tracy Edwards from the Swiss Cottage Teaching Schools Alliance. Tracy has over 15 years’ experience as a teacher, working in both mainstream and special settings. With funding from the Farmington Institute at Harris Manchester College,Oxford, she recently undertook research on the role that Lesson and/or Learning Study can play in special settings.  She has also delivered professional learning on Lesson Study and SEND, most recently for special schools from across Bradford Local Authority.

Tickets are £75 + VAT. Alternatively, Camden schools can pay using one learning block. Booking can be made through Eventbrite here or by emailing drc@swisscottage.camden.sch.uk to request an invoice.

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