Develop Your A Level Teaching

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

4 HEP Principles Handout
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
Further Information

The programme – DAT brochure 
Keynote videos –  HEP YouTube channel
Contact Emma Pett –

What our members say

Contingent Talk with Books – "Really really enjoying this training, I feel it's a lovely way to up-skill our EYPs. Such a worthwhile project for Early Years, which you can see working right in front of your eyes."

Get Hounslow Reading – "Great 'inspiring' course which presents plenty of opportunity for communication and collaboration. Also a good mixture of theory and practical ideas. Many thanks."

Secondary Subject Networks – "Effective agendas, excellent external speakers organised that we wouldn't usually have time to arrange to meet to help generate new ideas for trips, extracurricular activities and lessons."

Get Hounslow Reading – “Feel very inspired and not under pressure to do this. I want to do this. I can see that it is child-centred, but that I also love it!”

Secondary Subject Networks – “As I am very new to my role as EAL Lead, and I am at a new school, the Subject Networks have been crucial in helping me to learn more from experienced members of staff. The Google Drive with shared EAL resources has been incredibly helpful for starting EAL interventions across the school.”

Get Hounslow Reading – "Very informative and helpful. A lovely chance to reflect. Excellent, enthusiastic delivery which would inspire anyone! You are very knowledgeable and sessions are well-organised. Thank you!”

SEND Training – “There was plenty of time for discussion which was valuable. Strategies to help support, and ideas to consider, if children have been impacted by Domestic Abuse allowed me to think about the issues more than before."

Deep Dive Subject Leader Training – “Thank you for the very detailed and thorough subject leader checklist. It is an extremely useful and much necessary exercise. It's been an eye opener. Thank you”

Develop your A Level Teaching – “Really interesting to hear what other schools are thinking of doing by way of a recovery curriculum when we return. I think the discussions around wellbeing were very pertinent.”

Contact us

The success of the Hounslow Education Partnership depends, in part, on good communication so please do get in touch to give us your feedback or about anything else you would like to discuss.


Our member schools