Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The Company has established Special Interest Groups – SIGs – to provide a way for members to share an area of expertise and interest, to learn more about an area they are unfamiliar with and to give opportunities for a topic of particular concern to a group of members to be explored in greater detail.

All SIGS are open to all members of the Company, including those with considerable knowledge and expertise in the area concerned, but also to those who are just interested in hearing more about the subjects covered. They are led by a Company member – as SIG Lead. Some SIGs also have external experts outside the Company as regular attenders.

Any Liveryman may put forward a proposal to start a new SIG and new Groups are forming regularly. SIGs established presently are:

A_Arts and Cultural Education (SIG ARTS)

B_Careers Information and Guidance (SIG CIG)

C_Education and the Criminal Justice System (SIG ECJS)

D_Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (SIG FESL)

E_Higher Education (SIG HE)

F_Informal Outdoor Education (SIG IOE)

G_Multi Academy Trusts (SIG MAT)

H_Military Education (SIG ME)

IJ_Special Educational Needs (SIG SEND)

K_School Improvement and Leadership (SIG SIL)

The Court has approved an updated protocol for the formation and operation of the SIGS. Proposals for new SIGs are considered by the Engagement Committee, and if supported, they are presented to the Court for approval. The SIG Lead is appointed and helped to develop the SIG’s by the Engagement Committee. The Court has also confirmed the roles of those involved in the work of the SIGs. The Engagement Committee has oversight of the current SIGs and there is a SIG Co-ordinator on the Committee to provide guidance and advice as necessary.

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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP   (? Image)

Arts and Cultural Education (SIG ARTS) 

COVERAGE:  

Now more than ever we need the arts. Arts and cultural education aspires to be a vital component in schools, and through discussion, debate and meetings with visiting experts the SIG seeks to champion the arts. Members have a keen interest in arts education either through work in schools, as a practitioner, in leadership or a general interest in the area. Typically there is an event each term which often includes visiting speakers. Past events have been hosted at King’s College London, where the SIG Lead is a Visiting Research Fellow and contributes to the MA Education in Arts and Cultural Settings.  

MODE OF WORKING:  

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer in arts and cultural education in and of school settings, and external specialists by invitation; presently we regularly have over ten members contributing to events and when meeting in person we typically had over thirty attending. It presently holds meetings and discussion sessions online via zoom and may meet physically again in due course.   

SIG LEAD: Dr Steven Berryman

sberryman@odysseytrust.org.uk   or  sigarts@co-educators.com 

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com

ACTIVITIES:  

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2020/21. 

RECENT EVENTS 

12 Oct 2020 – Dr Steven Berryman was in conversation with Dr Dave O’Brien (Edinburgh) on his new book, Is Culture Bad for You,  via Zoom, followed by questions and discussion. 

 26 June 2019 – Debate on inclusive arts educational practice, chaired by Dr Steven Berryman with speakers from Drake Music, Studio Wayne Macgregor and Chickenshed Theatre Company. Hosted at King’s College London School of Education. 

5 July 2018 – Arts and Cultural Education launch event – chaired by Dr Steven Berryman with speakers from Guildhall School, City of London and King’s College. Hosted at King’s College London School of Education.  

RESOURCES; REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS: 

Available from SIG Lead on request.

OTHER INFORMATION:  

To be completed as SIG develops 



B – Careers Information & Guidance SIG : information not available

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Education in the Criminal Justice System (SIG ECJS)

COVERAGE:

The SIG seeks to increase understanding of education in the Criminal Justice System in its widest aspects, examining the situation for prisoners, staff, and beyond into the public arena. For more details – click here

MODE OF WORKING:

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer in the field as well as members of the Criminal Justice community, other educators and policy makers.  The SIG is developing a range of activities, to disseminate knowledge and understanding of the field, celebrate outstanding achievement, and provide advice and resources where appropriate. It takes a robust, evidence-based approach to its activities, presently having about 30 members. It holds meetings/ discussion sessions online via zoom and may meet physically in due course. It has an active mailing list where members discuss matters by e-mail.

SIG LEAD: Prof James Crabbe             sigecjs@co-educators.com or James.Crabbe@beds.ac.uk or james.crabbe@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com)

 ACTIVITIES:

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2020/21.

PAST EXAMPLES:

17 September 2020 – The group explored the topic Embracing Judicial monitoring – a new educational role for judges and magistrates.   The key speaker was HH Judge John Samuels QC.

23 June 2020 – The group was given a presentation fromStephen Akpabio-Klementowski onMy experience of Educators in a secure environment. This was followed by a general discussion session.

21 April 2020 – The topic for discussion was Keeping Society Safe: The link between Education and Parole, introduced by Stefan Fafinski, Parole Chair and former Master of the Information Technologists.

7 January 2020The area of interest was first launched through a discussion group meeting in the Guildhall with presentations from Professor MJC Crabbe and HH Judge John Samuels QC. Notes of the event are available from the Clerk clerk@co-educators.com.

RESOURCES; REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS:

The SIG ECJS events have mainly been via Zoom and recorded. Please contact the Clerk on clerk@co-educators.com for access.

OTHER INFORMATION:

To be completed as SIG develops


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Further education, skills & lifelong learning (SIG FESL)                                    

COVERAGE:

Vocational education and training from post-16 onwards. Recognises that FESL takes place in a wide range of different organisations and settings, formally and informally – from traditional college settings to workplace locations to adult education provision, and a variety of community settings.  We are discussing two areas of activity. The first derives from our agreement that we do not want to be a ‘talking-shop’, instead we want to be a ‘learning-shop’ – sessions in which we can learn from each other and from external sources. The second is an outward-looking project demonstrating the value and role of the FESL sector in the national imperative to re-build the economy. This is, as yet, in embryonic form, we are calling it ‘ Ladders of Learning’, with the aim of showing those in power the importance of starting points and progression as being key to re-building the economy and creating social harmony.

For more details – click here.

MODE OF WORKING:

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer; external specialists by invitation; other Livery Companies and interested parties where appropriate and by invitation. Inaugural membership of 25. It holds evening meetings/ discussion sessions online using Zoom; may meet physically if members decide to do so. It has a directory giving members’ biographical details showing the variety of the FESL sector and the breadth of knowledge and experience of members. It has an active mailing list where members discuss matters by email but can also use ongoing chat rooms based in MS Teams. It seeks to share knowledge, experiences, ideas, information, understanding, good practice, current trends.

SIG LEADS: Michael O’Reilly/Past Master Susan Fey

 sigfesl@co-educators.com

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com)

 ACTIVITIES:

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2020/21.

PAST EXAMPLES:

16 July 2020 – The group was launched via a Zoom meeting exploring where the group should focus. It used break-out rooms for small groups discussion to enhance participation and interaction among members.  The session was recorded and potential plans for future areas of work identified Members were keen to discuss further funding & resources; motivation/resilience/aspiration; technology and digital skills; skills training; careers guidance: the academic/vocational divide; the ‘other/ forgotten’ 50%. Also arising during discussion were the fate of the various reports into the sector over the years, system coherence and regional disparities; and the FESL sector in the post-Covid world and the potential impact of Brexit, particularly where training and skills are concerned.

 RESOURCES, REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS:

Material such as reports and information about group activities available from SIG Leads on request.

OTHER INFORMATION:  

To be completed as SIG develops


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SIG HE Page format to replace – https://educatorscompany.org/special-interest-group-higher-education-sighe/

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP 

Higher Education (SIGHE)                             (? Image)

COVERAGE:

This SIG concerns itself with Higher Education, including Higher Education policy and governance, research, and research training. Topics of interest include educational methods and concepts for universities, training of doctoral students, training of skills relevant for higher education; mentoring and career development of junior academics, governance and change. For more details – click here.

MODE OF WORKING:

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer, and external specialists by invitation; presently having about 30 members. It holds meetings/ discussion sessions physically and online. It has an active mailing list where members discuss matters by e-mail and its own. Website: http://sighe.uk.

SIG LEAD: Benedikt Löewe          sighe@co-educators.com

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com)

 ACTIVITIES:

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2020/21.

PAST EXAMPLES:

2 June 2020 – The group organised a Zoom meeting

entitled Transitioning to online teaching without prior warning with reflections from seven speakers, including two external to the Company.

3 June 2019With the Committee for the Defence of British Universities The group held a debate on The Future Role of the Educator in Higher Education” at UCL with perspectives from policy makers, senior academics and administrators in the wake of the Augar review of Higher and Further Education.

RESOURCES, REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS:

  1. The educator’s role in Higher Education: What distinguishes it from other educational sectors?
    Coordinators: Liverymen Max Weaver & James Crabbe
    Output: M. James C. Crabbe, Benedikt Löwe, Max Weaver,
    The educator’s role in Higher Education: position papers from a project of the Special Interest Group Higher Education of the Worshipful Company of Educators  OxCHEPS Occasional Paper No. 69, 2018.
  • Governance in Higher Education: How can it take the specific Higher Education situation into account?
    Coordinator: Alice Hynes.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Website: http://sighe.uk


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Informal and Outdoor Education (SIG IOE)

COVERAGE:

We are looking at areas of education that, despite being of significant developmental value, are often overlooked in traditional educational settings. Our brief covers any form of learning that would not usually result in a formal qualification. Thus expeditions, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, organisations as well as trips and informal visits are our focus of attention. In order to further the impact of this complementary version of learning, we are developing summaries of impact as well as a list of ‘expert witnesses’ who can support the integration of IOE into mainstream educational decision making.

MODE OF WORKING:

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer, and external specialists by invitation. Launched in Spring 2020, it holds meeting via Teams and Zoom. We are focusing on events that examine and uncover the many exciting and different ways, IOE can be expressed and its impact on the outcomes of the people for whom mainstream, formal education, can fail to embrace.

SIG LEAD: Paul Batterbury        sigioe@co-educators.com or paul.batterbury@btinternet.com

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com)

 ACTIVITIES:

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year.

PAST EXAMPLES:

2 October 2020 – The group heard‘How the experience impacts the Learner’ from a panel with young people who have benefited from IOE through the British Exploring Society.

24 September 2020 – The group was given a presentation from Matt Hyde CEO of The Scouting Association, followed by a lively discussion and question session.

2 July 2020The group heard from a panel offering the view of three SIG members Helen Simon, Honor Wilson-Fletcher, Phil Humphreys involved in distinct areas of IOE: SEND; Field Trips; Expeditions.

13 May 2020The area of interest was first launched through an inaugural discussion about its purposes and activities.

RESOURCES, REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS:

We have a clear five year plan as well as a set of agreed objectives. For further details, and other resources generated by the SIG, please contact the SIG IOE lead, Paul Batterbury

  1. Have a planned series of meetings and events, both virtual and real, through which Educators can explore and develop their interest
  2. Provide a gazetteer of colleagues with expertise, experience and interest in IOE
  3. Provide opportunities for the wider Educator community to learn more about IOE
  4. Present a summary of the evidence demonstrating the benefits of IOE

OTHER INFORMATION:

To be completed as SIG develops



G – not available Multi Academy Trust SIG

H – Military Education SIG – not available

IJ -Special Educational Needs SEND SIG – not available

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School Improvement and Leadership (SIG SIL)

COVERAGE:

Looks at ways to improve performance of schools and their leadership and governance of schools and draws on those with professional interest/ experience in various educational sectors and roles such as principals, heads/deputies, governors, inspectors, advisors or consultants in public, private or academy-based schools and all age ranges.

For more details – click here

MODE OF WORKING:

Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer in school leadership & management, and external specialists by invitation. Presently there is a SIG mailing list of some 70, including some from outside the Company, which serves as an active forum for discussion.  It holds meetings/ discussion sessions online via zoom and it is intended that it meet physically in due course.  

SIG LEADS: Susan Cousin/Alan Yellup   sigsil@co-educators.com

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (ahsigscoordinator@co-educators.com)

 ACTIVITIES:

See Company Calendar for activities in the current year. Further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2020/21.

PAST EXAMPLES:

13 July 2020 – The group considered a “mock” report on an imaginary school and 5 volunteers took on the roles of key player who would have to address matters, by examining the issues raised. This was followed by a general discussion session. The event was organised via Zoom and recorded.

27 May 2020The Group was launched via zoom session with a panel discussion on How do school leaders make a positive difference to education? The debate was stimulated by presentations from Susan Cousin and Alan Yellup – How do we create and measure improvement in schools? Role of heads and role of those working with schools.

RESOURCES; REPORTS and ON GOING PROJECTS:

Available from SIG Leads on request

OTHER INFORMATION:

To be completed as SIG develops