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Experiencing Mulberry College of Education

Confidence, creativity and a love of lifelong learning underpin our approach to developing outstanding teaching.

For teaching to have the desired impact we know that participants need to be:

  • Provided with a trusting environment
  • Encouraged to question pedagogy
  • Empowered to own the understanding of how their pupils learn and progress
  • Freed to be confident in their own practice

Colleagues are encouraged to be:

  • Critical and selective about emerging research
  • Evaluative of research through real life application
  • Understanding that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is too simplistic

We do not:

  • Engage in the superficial implementation of national strategies or initiatives for the sake of it
  • Lose sight of its core purpose

As a result, MST classroom practitioners have developed ground-breaking pedagogy and practice which we share through bespoke professional learning opportunities, such as Fetch Me a Pen.

Fetch Me a Pen Project

Fetch Me a Pen (FMAP) is led by Mulberry School for Girls and aims to improve the teaching of academic writing in our schools, whatever the role. Our approach focuses on working together to identify the key subject-specific literacy issues staff face, then co-construct, trial and evaluate teaching and learning strategies and resources appropriate for their context.

The headline figures below are testimony to the impact of FMAP on raising standards as our 2017 cohort had been immersed in FMAP pedagogy and practice for the five years leading up to their GCSEs.

Results Highlights:

  • Top 3% for overall progress in English P8 element; top 1% progress for high attaining students in English; top 3% for disadvantaged students (69% of our cohort)
  • Top 6% for overall progress in EBacc P8 element; top 6% progress for high attaining students in EBacc; top 3% for disadvantaged students (69% of our cohort)
  • Top 29% of all GCSE entries were grades A*-A
  • 47% of students achieved a grade 9-7 (A*-A equivalency) in English
  • 94% of all students achieved grade 4+ in English (national average 69.9%*)and 85% achieved grade 5+ in English

Sharing best practice 

We are keen to work alongside colleagues across the country who want to improve their students’ academic literacy through high quality teaching and learning and bespoke professional development.

We can:

  • Deliver bespoke 6-9 month CPD programmes
  • Work alongside colleagues to co-facilitate and co-design a FMAP programme to be delivered by local leads and ensure sustainability
  • Offer consultancy services
  • Run individual workshops or whole staff INSET to gauge interest before a more sustained FMAP CPD programme

FMAP principles have been developed and applied across a range of subjects including science, humanities, English, languages and the arts. Therefore, any teacher committed to a professional learning programme will be suitable.