Rebecca Hodson, curriculum leader for drama and Achievement for All Coordinator at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, studied the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management.
"As a dedicated educator for the past twelve years and with a passion for lifelong learning, I always strive to undertake continual professional development that secures whole school improvement and betterment for the students within our school community.
With a strategic focus on closing the attainment gap and developing closer links with parents/carers, the PG Cert Leadership and Management provided me with an opportunity to undertake highly successful action research in this area.
The action research I completed was borne from having scrutinised the attainment data of our eFSM pupils coupled with a detailed analysis of parental/carer attendance at consultation evenings.
It was evident that there was an opportunity to facilitate bespoke intervention that targeted improved home/school links with improved attainment. Highly successful parental workshops were developed and took place at a time to suit our parents/carers.
Nearly all of our targeted parents/carers attended and worked alongside their child developing the skills they needed to support them through their Level 2 qualifications.
Yes, the workshops took significant planning with initial parental communication taking the form of questionnaires, telephone calls, emails, and letters home. Did our students benefit? Absolutely, their Level 2 results saw a significant increase with all reaching their target grade and many reaching their aspirational Level 2 grade in the 2014 results.
During this current academic year many other departments have rolled out this form of bespoke intervention which has seen an increased uptake from our hard-to-reach parents/carers as well as improved attainment data and an increase in the motivation for learning from our most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
I look forward to continuing this action research during the completion of my MA Leadership and Management."