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CollectivED: The Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning

About CollectivED

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.

CollectivED is a network of teachers and other professionals, academics and students as local, national and international friends, partners and practitioners. Our shared interests include mentoring and coaching as well as other professional development activities, such as lesson study, supervision and supported action enquiry which draw on similar reflective and dialogic principles and educative professional relationships with learning conversations at their heart.

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. CollectivED offers opportunities to shape future practices and co-create knowledge, and we aim to positively influence educational policy at institutional and national level.

The CollectivED Working Papers

CollectivED publish a Working Paper Series. Practitioners , researchers, and members of professional and grass-roots organisations are invited to submit articles. For more information please email R.M.Lofthouse@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Published issues of the CollectivEd Working Papers | Guidance for writing working papers.

Resources for Coaching in Education

CollectivED is now working in partnership with Growth Coach International (GCI). GCI have shared this list of resources on coaching in education with links to abstracts and summaries on publishers' websites.

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. You can view our CollectivED blogs here.

Plus Icon CollectivED Fellowship

The CollectivED Fellowship status is an approach to help us to build our networks, and to support Fellows in connecting with each other.  We invite people to become recognised and encourage them to add ‘CollectivED Fellow’ to their CV or profile. The first qualifying criteria for Fellowship is contribution to a CollectivED event or working paper. Applicants will also articulate how their own practice and or research aligns with the purposes and values of CollectivED, and gain the validation of a colleague, peer, mentee or coachee. We will work to support the Fellowship community to sustain positive impacts on the lives of educators and outcomes for learners and we will invite Fellows to be proactive in developing approaches to this.  For more information please see here.

Plus Icon CollectivED Doctoral study

In 2018 we welcomed new doctoral students Claire Dutton, Steven Riley, Carol Baines and Graham Yare who are researching teacher development and practices of coaching and mentoring in primary and secondary schools as well as army education settings.

Plus Icon CollectivED friends

We welcome individuals and organisations as CollectivED friends and partners whose work and interests as practitioners or researchers provide opportunities for them to engage in, or with, coaching and mentoring or associated practices. We will work with individuals and organisations in active partnerships, including joint research, professional development or communication projects.

To become a CollectivED friend please email CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to join our mailing list.

Follow us on twitter: @CollectivED1

Plus Icon CollectivED partners

We will work with individuals and organisations in active partnerships, including joint research, professional development or communication projects. To discuss a potential partnership project please email CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Plus Icon CollectivED team at the Carnegie School of Education
  • 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.
  • Dr Mhairi Beaton is Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs at the Carnegie School of Education, and has particular research interests in the interface of inclusion, student voice and teacher education.
  • Dr Anthea Rose is an experienced social science cross- discipline researcher with a particular focus on qualitative methodology and she is currently working as a researcher in the SSIF project based in Swaledale, looking at developing metacognitive teaching and how lead practitioners support pedagogic change.
  • Diana Tremayne is currently researching how online learning communities can support professional development. She has a background in further education and ESOL.
  • Rebecca Tickell is a Senior Consultant in the Carnegie School of Education whose role focuses on mentoring and partnership development for Teacher Education.

Find out more...

Plus Icon CollectivED Partner projects
  1. 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.
  2. Professor Rachel Lofthouse and Dr Anthea Rose are undertaking the 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.
  3. 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.
  4. CollectivED has received research funding to research the impact of a Headteacher coaching facilitated by Integrity Coaching and funded by the National Education Union. This research runs throughout 2018-19.
Plus Icon Coaching and Mentoring Practice Development

CollectivED can offer opportunities for practice development in mentoring, coaching, lesson study or aligned practices through bespoke CPD.  Current CPD projects include CollectivED Carnegie Teacher Researcher partnerships, an Advanced Mentor Development programme, and bespoke consultancy.

National Coaching and Mentoring in Education Research network

CollectivEd co-ordinates the national Coaching and Mentoring in Education Research network. This network brings together Doctoral and Masters students, and researchers working in this field. It is being co-led by Professor Rachel Lofthouse and Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology, College of Applied Health and Communities, University of East London.

Upcoming Events

As the CollectivED network grows we will plan hub events such as conferences, workshops and CollectivED-Meets. Details will be circulated via twitter and to friends and partners on the mailing list.

Our 2020 CollectivED National Knowledge Exchange is in partnership with Growth Coaching International and Instructional Coaching Group. The event will take place on the 9th November 2020 at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.  For information on the event and booking please email CollectivED@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to be added to our mailing list.

Past Events
  • Our CollectivED summer 2018 seminar was held at Richmond Hill School, Doncaster on 21st June. This event focused on how teachers can develop enhanced teaching for metacognition through collaborative professional development. Contributors to this event were George Gilchrist, Clare Dutton and Jack Wardle (Rose Learning Trust), Kirsty Davies, Hannah Munro, Claire Barnes (Swaledale TSA) Melanie Lawrence and Helen Humphrys (South Milford Primary School), Craig Parkinson, Kelly Ashley (consultant to North Star TSA) and Rachel Lofthouse.
  • We held our first national Knowledge Exchange in Birmingham on the 4th July 2019 which brought together school leaders, academics, independent coaches and mentors, ITT providers and many more. Please see a transcript and video of our keynote and provocation.
  • On November 7th 2019 we held a CollectivED Hub symposium to celebrate and explore the professional learning approaches and achievements of five Teaching School-led SSIF projects in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

CollectivED Research Reports

CollectivED Podcasts

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