Develop your A level teaching (DAT) is a forum for Hounslow teachers and leaders with a passion and responsibility for excellent provision at post-16 to share their expertise and champion best practice in their subject. This programme is driven by a shared acknowledgement of historic underachievement at post-16 across the borough, despite impressive performance at KS4.
This is a HEP-wide programme of high quality training that is based on current and relevant educational theory and research, supporting the in-school CPD offer.
HEP schools, with or without a sixth form, can opt into this collaborative programme, nominating teachers with any level of experience to attend as delegates, and their more experienced A level teachers, recognised in school as skilled practitioners with a passion for their subject, as subject breakout facilitators. HEP members truly drive school-led improvement through this project; developing those newer to teaching A level while providing career development opportunities for those who have a proven track record for excellence in the classroom.
What underpins the programme?
The 4 HEP principles are the very foundation of the programme. Derived from Barack Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’, they distil the essence of truly effective teaching and learning into 4 key areas:
Introducing new knowledge – small steps and questioning
Application – models and scaffolds
Reviewing material – daily, weekly, monthly
Guided independent practice – how to set it, how to monitor it, how to check it
Key support on offer
- Keynote presentations collaborated on and delivered by teachers from HEP member schools
- Subject breakout groups where colleagues discuss the keynote implications specific to their students and share best practice
- Building sustainable networks of subject specialists for support beyond the calendared meetings
- Subjects offered 2020/21: Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, RE, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Politics, French, Spanish, Business Studies BTEC