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ERIC Number: ED546813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-909437-33-3
Action Research at St Mark's Academy 2013
Elwick, Alex, Ed.; Riggall, Anna, Ed.
CfBT Education Trust
St Mark's Church of England Academy is an 11-18 academy situated in Mitcham, South London. It offers a commitment to high achievement within a community of care, underpinned by the Christian values of hope, love and trust. The academy encourages the development of the moral and spiritual well-being of students, alongside their academic success. The academy works closely with, and is supported by, its sponsor, CfBT Education Trust, and its key partner, the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education. Developing a real professional learning community within the staff of a school is an ambitious task but one which the teachers and leaders at St Mark's Academy have shown can be achieved with the right support and some hard work and dedication. St Mark's Academy is leading the way in terms of developing an active research community and a research culture amongst the staff--this publication emerged from within the school itself and has been driven and inspired by the former principal (Chris Mallaband), his successor as substantive principal (Lisa Peterkin), and the interim principal (Rob Thomas), as well as the academy's governors and, of course, a large proportion of the academy staff. This year's practitioner research programme has focused on the key area of improving the quality of teaching and learning. Within this area, staff have explored areas such as an investigation into whole-school literacy; motivating learners in religious education; the impact of local fieldwork investigation on student experiences; the perception of school values on achievement and behaviour; and an examination of the transition from Year 11 to Year 12. This research will be fundamental in improving teaching and learning at St Mark's and the recommendations will be shared and inform our next steps and vision for the future. This will in turn empower young people to take ownership and leadership of their own learning journey. This action research report provides the outcomes of the practitioner research programme at St Mark's Academy in the 2012-2013 academic year. (Individual chapters contain references.) [Contributors from St Mark's Academy include: Rachel Sewell, Joshua Coulson, Alexander Kilford, Hannah Fahey, Safijo Jimale, Ewa Czarnecka, Eva Kingcome.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: CfBT Education Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)