Hartlepool teachers rewarded for helping under-achievers

JPD showcase winners Geoff Crannage and Mike Rowe.
JPD showcase winners Geoff Crannage and Mike Rowe.

Two teachers have been rewarded with a day off school in recognition of their efforts to improve pupil learning.

Mike Rowe and Geoff Crannage won the prize as part of a Joint Practice Development (JPD) initiative at St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool.

JPD encourages teachers to collaborate on new and innovative approaches to learning by linking their own development to schools’ improvement priorities.

Mike, subject leader of engineering, and Geoff, subject leader of art, and 48 other members of the teaching staff at St Hild’s have been working on a series of JPD projects since last September. Working mainly in pairs, they have developed a variety of ideas that reflect the school’s improvement priorities - boys’ under-achievement, literacy, alternative education, departmental excellence and coasters, climbers, flyers and the disenfranchised.

The pair, who will also enjoy a free lunch as part of their prize, looked at the under-achievement of boys in both art and design and engineering. Mike trialled the use of video to record work for assessment where students were struggling with written work and the use of computers.

Geoff found cultural barriers were preventing some struggling art and design students from accessing after-school support – those that did attend made significant progress – and he said that work to identify and tackle the barriers must become a key focus.

Assistant headteacher Chris Seymour said: “Well done to Mike and Geoff on being selected as winners, but I’d also like to congratulate everyone as the quality of all the showcased JPD projects was exceptional.”