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Taylor, C. & Jennings, S. (2004) The Work of Advanced Skills Teachers

This is a detailed report from CfBT on the work of advanced skills teachers. It also points to clear ways for ASTs, other teachers, schools and groups of schools to develop and deploy ASTs effectively and efficiently. The report is available here.

DfES (2004) The National Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) Coordinator Conference

The National Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) Coordinator Conference was held on 16 July 2004 in London, and was attended by some 80 AST coordinators. The conference focused on exploring new ways of providing funding for ASTs to ensure the continued expansion of the grade, on fostering better networking and an enhanced understanding of ASTs within LAs, and on discussing the benefits of developing a regional approach between LAs. This report provides the conference agenda, full transcripts of all speeches, and a summary of the key points raised at the funding Q&A session. It also includes a selection of notes concerning the table discussions on funding, supporting and deploying ASTs, and a section on delegate feedback on the conference. The report annexes provide useful information on contacts, websites and other resources, together with information on the Hands-on Support project, which offers teachers support on using ICT in the classroom. The report can be found here.

 

Full evaluation of ASTs in primary networks pilots

This is a report of the outcomes of a pilot scheme for Advanced Skills Teachers (ASTs) working in National Strategy Primary Learning Networks.  Pilots in 17 local authorities explored how ASTs could work to support networks of primary schools. The results were very positive and a number of different models emerged. The evaluation identifies the advantages and the factors which affected their success. This information can be found here.

Advanced Skills Teachers: appointment, deployment and impact (Ofsted, 2001)

This report describes a survey of ASTs by HMI in the academic year 1999/2000. Its purpose was to examine how the skills of ASTs had been used to raise the standards of teaching and learning within their own schools, and also in outreach settings in other schools. The impact on the pay and management structures of the schools was also assessed, as was the degree of support AST were receiving. The report be found here.

Advanced Skills Teachers: HMI survey 1767 (October 2003)

Ofsted published a report of a survey on the work of ASTs carried out by Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) during the academic year 1999/2000.  This further report is based on a survey of a larger sample of ASTs in primary, secondary and special schools, carried out by HMI in 2002/03.  The survey focused on the work of ASTs and their impact on teaching, learning and standards in the home and outreach schools.  It also looked at how ASTs are recruited, trained, managed and monitored. Visits were made to over 60 schools in 27 local education authorities (LEAs), including county and small unitary authorities, and metropolitan boroughs.  In addition, a survey questionnaire was sent to the 1,550 ASTs in post at the time (350 primary and 1,200 secondary), of which nearly 800 were returned and subsequently analysed (a 55% response). The report can be found here.

 

The appointment and deployment of Advanced Skills Teachers: HMI survey (August 2000)

This report describes a survey of ASTs by HMI in the summer term of 2000.  The purpose of these visits was to examine how the skills of ASTs had been used to raise teaching and learning standards within their own schools, and also in outreach settings in other schools.  The impact on the pay and management structures of the schools was also assessed, as was the degree of support ASTs were receiving. Visits were made to 21 schools in which one or more ASTs had been appointed.  Thirteen secondary schools and eight primary schools were visited, the schools being drawn from a range of types and locations.  In addition, supplementary visits were made to seven primary schools and one secondary school where outreach work by ASTs had taken place. Individual discussions took place with a total of 39 ASTs, nine in primary schools and 30 in secondary schools. The report can be found here.

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