CollectivED: The Mentoring & Coaching Hub
CollectivED was established in October 2017, and is led by Rachel Lofthouse, who was appointed as Professor of Teacher Education in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University in the same year.
Through CollectivED we are keen to develop a network of teachers and other professionals, academics and students as local, national and international friends, partners and practitioners. While we recognise that mentoring and coaching often serve different purposes, we advocate both as educative professional relationships with learning conversations at their heart. We recognise that many other professional development activities, such as lesson study, supervision and supported action enquiry draw on similar reflective and dialogic principles.
We are interested in how coaching and mentoring can be used to support all learners, whether they are teachers, other professionals, children and young people, leaders, governors or other partners. We are also fully aware of the difficulties that can exist in developing and sustaining mentoring and coaching practices and cultures that fully support professional learning and practice development. We are excited about the future of CollectivED, believing that it offers opportunities to shape future practices and co-create knowledge, and we aim to positively influence educational policy at institutional and national level.
Engaging with CollectivED
CollectivED is all about the power of people, to share, to support, to build trust, to reflect, to learn and to enable and empower. The CollectivEd team at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University work to build this network through inclusion and engagement. We see friends, partners, our team and our practitioners as sharing a common purpose and all playing key roles. Details of how to connect with CollectivED are below.
We welcome individuals and organisations as CollectivED friends who will form a network of supporters and critical friends, and whose work and interests as practitioners or researchers provide opportunities for them to engage in, or with, coaching and mentoring or associated practices. To become a CollectivED friend please email CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to join our mailing list. You can also follow us on twitter @CollectivED1.
- Rachel Lofthouse is Professor of Teacher Education and founder of CollectivED. Her research, teaching and consultancy focuses on supporting teachers’ professional learning and practice development. She is also the Chair of the CPD Committee for the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers.
- Rachel Bostwick is Operational Consultant, and provides strategic support for CollectivED.
- Liz Beastall is a part time lecturer and is undertaking a narrative inquiry into Teacher Stress as part of her EdD, looking at teacher agency and working relationships.
- Nick Mitchell is Principal Consultant in the school and part of his work involves supporting and developing partnerships for ITE.
The work of CollectivED
The work of CollectivED will always be at the interface of research and practice; developing a synergistic developmental relationship between the two. Our work will be ongoing and we will update details here as often as we can, but please also follow us on twitter @CollectivED1, or join our mailing list by emailing CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to keep up to date with opportunities to participate. Examples of our work are identified below.
The work of CollectivED
As we launch CollectivED we are pleased to be starting three new research partnerships:
- Primary teachers’ learning from Specialist Coaching for Communication-rich Pedagogies. This research seeks to understand the role of video-based specialist coaching in developing teachers’ understanding of communication-rich pedagogies and its impact on their planning and teaching. Our research partners are Jo Flanagan and Bibiana Wigley of Clarity - Communication for Education and the research is based in two schools in Derby.
- Professor Rachel Lofthouse is the principal investigator for Carnegie School of Education’s independent evaluation of Swaledale Alliance’s DfE funded SSIF project which focuses on developing metacognition, and will employ two lead practitioners whose work will include coaching other teachers.
CollectivEd is partnered with the “Coaching in Education” Research Network for the UK. This new network is collaboratively led by Professor Rachel Lofthouse, (Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University), Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh (University of East London) and David Tee (University of South Wales). The network is supported by Growth Coaching International and is aligned with the “Coaching in Education” Research Network in Australia (supported by GCI and the University of Melbourne). If you are researching coaching in education and would like to be involved in this network you can access information via the CollectivEd email CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
- The Carey Philpott Research Partner Fund is providing £10,000 from Carnegie School of Education to an educational organisation focusing their practice-based research into enhancing professional learning through coaching, mentoring or associated developmental practices. The funded project for 2017-18 is a partnership between ImpactEd and Bright Futures Educational Trust, who are aiming to weave group coaching into staff appraisal processes, using collaborative coaching and joint practice development approaches.
- Rachel Lofthouse: Keynote at International Professional Development Association (IPDA) International Conference “‘Bridge over troubled water’: Rebuilding professional learning in landscapes of educational complexity”
- Rachel Lofthouse: Keynote at ITE mentoring conferences at Manchester Univerisity “Developing mentoring as a space for [trans]formative conversations”
- Rachel Lofthouse: Workshop on research in coaching at the Growth Coaching International Coaching Conference in England on Friday 15 June, Northamptonshire