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
- Subject experts
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
- Regularly updating their own subject knowledge
We do not:
- Engage in the superficial implementation of national strategies or initiatives for the sake of it
- Lose sight of our 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 subject. 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 subject-specific context.
The headline figures below are testimony to the impact of FMAP on raising standard at Mulberry School for Girls:
- GCSE results placed Mulberry School for Girls in the top 4% of state maintained schools for P8 (including selective schools)
- The overall progress score for disadvantaged students was 0.7. (Disadvantaged students made up 57.7% of the cohort)
- 85% of students followed a curriculum path that enabled them to achieve the EBacc (compared to only 35% of pupils who did so nationally).
- Destinations for Year 13 students have been impressive with students securing places at Oxford, Cambridge, Kings, UCL, Imperial, Queen Mary, York, Birmingham, Edinburgh, St Andrews, LSE and many more higher tariff universities
- 44.4% of GCSE students secured a standard pass in the EBacc (double the national average – provisional data)
- 37% of all GCSE English grades were grades 7-9 (Disadvantaged students made up 51.2% of the cohort)
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.
- 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.
Evaluation from schools we have worked with:
Taunton Teaching Alliance (Somerset):
- “This is invaluable training and I can see that colleagues from school who have been involved are using these strategies- If only all teachers could take part”
- 100% agreed that the programme “has given me lots of practical ideas I can take away and apply in my role”
- 100% agreed “I believe that my involvement in this experience has had a positive impact on my effectiveness as a teacher and/or as a leader”
Lilian Bayliss School (London):
- Lilian Bayliss Assistant Head on the benefits of external expertise: “we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are, without that support”
- Lilian Bayliss Assistant Head commented on how “collaborative, reflective and responsive” the programme had been. “You didn’t feel that he had a programme and you were going to get whatever he had regardless of what we needed. It was really bespoke, in response to our needs.”
- Lilian Bayliss English 2iC talked about the impact on student writing: “their writing is so so transformed. It’s so crystal clear how much their writing has improved so quickly. They say to me “I feel so smart when I write like this”. They feel really empowered by it.”