With the launch of My College – our brand new membership hub – we spoke to Kate Hodge, our Head of Content, to find out more:
What’s My College all about?
We also run a whole range of helpful editorial, all written by our members. In this way, My College is your space to learn from and inspire each other. We really hope as many of you as possible will use the site, and write for it.”
Why has it been created?
“It’s all part of our mission to improve the quality of education for children and young people by supporting teachers, championing great teaching and raising the status of the profession. We want to connect teachers teachers by giving you space to share with and learn from each other. We also want to help you access evidence-informed practice, and professional knowledge and dialogue.”
How’s it going to help?
“It will help because it gives you space to share what you’re doing in your school/classroom – and read about what your colleagues are doing. In this way, we hope you can share great practice from all over the country that is truly owned by you. There’s also some great resources to challenge and support you. So whether you want an idea for supporting your key stage 2 to 3 transition plans, or to find journal articles on early years, we have what you need.”
Who will benefit?
“Everyone we hope! We’ve tried to ensure there’s a broad range of coverage to support every professional – from teacher to leader, across all phases and specialisms. For example, our compact guides give you short, pithy insights into evidence-based pedagogy – perfect for those just starting out, or more experienced teachers who would like a refresher. If rigorous research is your thing, our research reviews are in-depth essays about evidence that will give you plenty of food for thought.”
What would you say to someone who’s not sure where to start?
“Go and have a tinker! There are more than 100 articles up there – and that’s before you get into accessing the research database – so it’s worth having a good dig. There’s an overall search function that’s helpful, but if you select a series, you can also filter in loads of different ways (such as phase, interest, subject) so you don’t have to trawl.”
What’s your favourite bit?
“Windows Into The Classroom. This is where teachers and leaders share a strategy they have trialled in their school or classroom. I love it because it really gives the teacher writing it chance to reflect on what they did, and it’s an invaluable resource for anyone who reads it.”
“There’s no rest for the wicked. We have some really exciting pilot schemes rolling out in September to December trialling how we can help members connect and engage in professional dialogue online – definitely one to look out for and get involved with if you fancy shaping the way we develop your member platform.”