Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.

Fiona, Kimberley and Vicky now officially SSAT Lead Practitioners

Three Excelsior Academy teachers are celebrating joining an exclusive club of top practitioners recognised for their professional skills and expertise.

Excelsior English teacher Fiona Duncan, Rainbird Primary’s Kimberley Ward and Vicky Baggaley, Excelsior College Subject Development Leader for Business and Enterprise, are all officially Excelsior’s first group of SSAT Lead Practitioners.

The Schools, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT) helps teachers learn from their peers to measure improvement and celebrate achievement.

Eight months of self-assessment and a research project paid off handsomely for Fiona, Kimberley and Vicky who now join an exclusive club of SSAT lead practitioners, proving their professional knowledge and boosting their career prospects.

The SSAT website says: “Typically, practitioners get started by using the lead practitioners framework to develop small scale research projects that impact on students’ learning. But the programme takes off when applicants present their evidence beyond their existing teams to colleagues within their school and beyond.

“A rigorous process of self-reflection and evaluation, lead practitioner accreditation improves the individual’s professional skills and expertise.”

Vicky, whose research project focused on improving BTEC Level 3 examination and external assessment, said: “It’s not just about the action research project, you had to show a range of competencies to show how you meet those competencies at an extending or transforming level.”

Kimberley chose to look at intervention in Rainbird, supporting CSWs in making effective interventions and looking at Key Stage 1 data, raising standards for children.

Looking at giving feedback to students on their work and how they react to it across different departments was Fiona’s research project theme. “It just means that now we have got the accreditation to back up the jobs that we do,” she said.

“We are all people who are repeatedly asked to do CPD sessions, to support staff and now we have got the accreditation to do so.

“We had to provide working evidence – examples that you have used and shared in schools and across the Laidlaw Schools Trust.”

Excelsior Academy Executive Principal Craig Taylor said: “The award is in recognition of their outstanding work and practice. A fantastic achievement for each of them individually, but also something we can all be proud of at Excelsior Academy.”