Success in the most challenging schools: a drive to excel
Our ‘Outliers’ project sought to understand why some teachers succeed in the most challenging schools. This post focuses on the drive to excel, which emerged in twenty-one of the twenty-five case studies during interviews with participants, first discussing the high standards outliers held of themselves, then examining the actions they took to improve...
Reflecting on coaching techniques for mentoring teachers - "actually it’s useful sometimes to step in”
What’s the best way to use a twenty-minute mentor meeting with a new teacher? We recently filmed the approach taken by Izzy Leahy (’10 Ambassador) to support first year Teach First participant Sam Bower at Harris Academy Greenwich.
Celebrating success and building teams at Reach Academy
From a recent visit to Reach Academy in Feltham, Ed Vainker (’03 Ambassador) invited discussion for teachers to share recent successes. Vainker noted the value of creating a “stronger sense of team”, and encouraging staff to go to peers in search of solutions, an “empowering and sustainable” approach.
Resilience: retaining sight of goals in the face of adversity
Our ‘Outliers’ study sought to explain the success of twenty-five Teach First participants who had thrived in the most challenging schools. Every one of them was described as ‘resilient’: this post examines teacher resilience, exploring the trainees’ underlying determination to succeed and the actions which helped them persist from day to day.
New teachers in challenging environments: what support is crucial?
Understanding what support matters most for new teachers is critical for Teach First. It formed one aspect of our ‘Outliers’ Study: interviews with twenty-five participants (and two colleagues of each teacher) who had thrived in particularly challenging schools.
“It’s marginal gains, isn’t it? The little things.” Finding the bright spots on a bad day
Recent research our team conducted found that the teachers who did particularly well in highly challenging schools were those who found ways to learn from their struggles, frame their experiences positively and then wipe the slate clean and move on.