Masters of their craft!
Congratulations to the seven WKGS staff members photographed above who have all just graduated from our first WKGS JMU Masters Cohort.
Seven staff from West Kirby Grammar School recently graduated with a Masters in Advanced Educational Practice from Liverpool John Moores’ University. Staff members completed the postgraduate degree in two years (instead of three), on a part-time basis, whilst working full time. They covered modules in teaching and learning, new technologies and leadership in addition to a 20,000 word dissertation on a research topic of their choice. Thesis foci included the use of revision podcasts to increase learner attainment, the value of personalised careers guidance and the effect of intervention to support learner needs.
Graduands will now share their research amongst the whole school staff to develop best practice and develop key areas of teaching and learning, and leadership. It is hoped that other staff will be inspired to use an action research approach in their lessons. Graduation was a day of celebration for the hard work and determination of the staff involved in what has been a demanding, yet rewarding course, on top of standard professional commitments.
The Masters of Arts was subsidised by the School and was open to any member of staff to engage in continued professional development. Staff from Maths, Science, Languages and History participated in the programme, in addition to IT support staff and Senior teachers. There are another four members of staff that have completed the Masters degree and are due to graduate in the summer.
Completing a Masters degree in Advanced Educational Practice has developed professional performance, improved communication between staff about key educational issues and encouraged collaborative engagement. The expertise developed will pay dividends in continuing to improve educational practice at West Kirby Grammar School.