Lead Teachers & Practitioners

Vicki Cooper - Lead PractitionerCooper, Victoria

I have taught geography at Twynham for 9 years out of my 15 year teaching career. I have had a number of roles early on in my career as head of department and then head of faculty. However, I have always had the opportunity to work on developing pedagogy and really understanding how students learn in my classroom. This started with a working party across Bournemouth schools and the local authority with a focus on Assessment for Learning. The impact this had on my teaching and the teaching of others inspired me to pursue a role leading teaching and learning on a wider platform.

At Twynham I became a lead teacher and now a lead practitioner. I lead the teaching and learning steering group and also run the wider teaching and learning dialogue group. Our focus is always on how we can improve learning for our students using the ‘Responsive Teaching’ Model. I have worked on projects within school on feedback, questioning and the use of lesson study. More recently I have led INSET on the movement away from levels at KS3 and how we can design effective curriculums for our students.

Another aspect of my work at Tywnham is through the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset SCITT. I am the lead subject tutor for Geography and mentor a number of trainees. I also work with other schools when requested to support in a range of areas, from lesson structure and delivery to the use of assessment and feedback.