Practitioner-led Action Research

OTLA 7

Welcome to the OTLA 7 (English and maths) home page. Here you will find the following:

  • A timetable of events for the year, including event details and booking links
  • Your OTLA 7 Padlet board, containing CPD resources, reporting templates and other useful reading and resources for OTLA 7
  • A direct link to your OTLA 7 half-termly newsletters
  • Other helpful advice and guidance relating to the OTLA 7 programme

We hope you find this page useful. If you have any further queries or questions, please approach your mentor and research group lead in the first instance, or email us at OTLA@ccConsultancy.co.uk

Investigating Teaching, Learning and Assessment

You are invited to attend one of five CPD events focusing on Investigating Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The sessions will be led by Dr Andy Convery and Professor Jean McNiff and we have included up to four places for your organisation. Please note each session covers the same material so you only need to sign up for one date.

Thursday, 3 September 202009:00 – 12:00
Wednesday, 9 September 202014:00 – 17:00
Tuesday, 15 September 202009:00 – 12:00
Thursday, 17 September 202014:00 – 17:00
Tuesday, 22 September 202016:00 – 19:00

Creative Circle

This 6 week workshop will give you the opportunity, space and most importantly, time to explore your own creative writing. These sessions are for anyone taking part in OTLA to take a moment of calm for yourselves, 1 hour a week. You will write, share and collaborate, working towards a final piece exploring what it means to be a resilient post-16 practitioner during challenging times.

The course will run 2 times over the year: winter and spring. Please let us know which term you would prefer to attend when booking.

Winter (Fridays, January 22nd – 5th March excluding half term)11:00 – 12:00
Spring (Fridays, 23rd April – 28th May)13:30 – 14:30

Research Round Tables

Facilitated by invited guests, our Research Round Tables provide space and opportunity to further explore key aspects of action research, and its application within post 16 learning spaces. Attendance at these sessions is voluntary, as we build collaboratively upon some of the topics explored during our larger OTLA 7 CPD sessions. Sign up for one, or all of the Research Round Tables using the button below.

MethodologyTuesday, 20 October 2020, 15:30 – 17:00
EthicsThursday, 19 November 2020, 14:30 – 16:00
AnalysisTuesday, 9 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00
Writing and DisseminationTuesday, 20 July 2021, 15:30 – 17:00

Writing workshops

You are invited to attend one of five writing workshops. The sessions will be led by Professor Jean McNiff and Dr Andy Convery, who will guide you through the writing process. The key focus of these events will be on the production of your OTLA 7 Report and Learner Journeys, although guidance (and specialist mentoring sessions) will also be on hand for those who wish to write more extensively for publication. Please note each session covers the same material so you only need to sign up for one date.

Monday, 14 June 202109:30 – 12:00
Wednesday, 16 June 202113:30 – 16:00
Thursday, 17 June 202114:30 – 17:00
Friday, 18 June 202109:30 – 12:00
Monday, 21 June 202113:30 – 16:00

Interim Dissemination Event

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 09:30 – 16:00

During this event we’ll come together as a full OTLA 7 collective, as project teams share emerging findings and initial reflections from their ongoing action research projects. Please note this is a compulsory CPD event; each participating organisation must have representation from at least one participant on the day.

Final Dissemination Event

Friday, 9 July 2021, 09:30 – 16:00

A celebration of all that you have achieved on the OTLA 7 programme, this highlight of the OTLA programme is not to be missed! During this event we’ll come together as a full OTLA 7 collective, as project teams share findings and reflections from their action research projects. Please note this is a compulsory CPD event; each participating organisation must have representation from at least one participant on the day.

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Programme resources (Padlet)

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