Next October we are running an MA in new technologies, educational leadership and innovation in conjunction with the University of Warwick. I am really excited about this for a number of reasons. Firstly, in our school alone 14 people will be studying for the qualification and that will have a transformational impact upon the level of professional reflection and thinking around young people’s learning. Secondly, a further 14 people from neighbouring schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands are also joining us. That means that the deeper consideration of learning spreads out to a region of the country. Thirdly, colleagues from schools in the North West and East Midlands are also joining us, adding a national perspective to the course. FInally, we are to be joined by two colleagues from a partner school in Australia who will shine a very interesting light not only upon our thoughts about children’s learning, but also on our own use of new technologies for adult learners.
The course is also interesting as it has been created as a partnership between school and University. The programme of study has not been dictated by the University but crafted by our school. Equally, this is not a woolly, school-led course but a rigorous University-based course of study. This true partnership seems, to me at least, to combine the best of both worlds: academic rigour and real-world interests.
I think it might be one of the most interesting adult learning enterprises we will all be engaged in. If you would like to join us, then contact me on Twitter @neilhopkin