Journal Clubs

Great excitement at Mayflower as staff and visitors attend open journal clubs.

In October Mayflower Community Academy held an open journal club for the first time. The event was attended by teachers, HLTAs, TAs, university students, lecturers and other education professionals.

The session was led by Dr. Colin Doctor, research lead for the school. He explained how the school embarked on using inquiry based practice two years ago. The staff carried out research projects in their departments. The projects were highly successful so the school decided to raise the profile and use of inquiry and this year it is forming the basis of CPD for all staff. All the staff have been trained in how to find the relevant information from education journals that can help them improve the impact they make in the classroom with regard to pupil progress. They are also using their reading to help them develop their pedagogy. The school began using a new approach in the classroom this September, with a move to small teaching teams or triads. Research is seen as the way forward for the school with these newly created teams tasked with raising the important questions that will help them make this new and exciting approach to classroom practice work.

The school is hosting one of these open journal clubs every half term and anyone interested is welcome to attend.

The participants look at a paper that explored the relationship between learner and teacher within team teaching.

Dr. Doctor gave us some background information about the research journey that the school has undertaken. He then instructed those present on how to look at an abstract in order to raise questions, the answers are then explored using the whole body of the text.

Some very interesting points were raised such as, how do we assess the impact of individual staff within a team?

The staff are also seeking out journals to look at during their department meetings and it is clear that the school is developing a culture of inquiry based research.

The sessions finish with everyone requested to write down one question they would like to ask that may help them make a difference within their own current educational context. These questions will be used to identify the article for the next session.

All journal clubs run from 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm, are free and tea and biscuits are provided.

Interested in attending a journal club? Then do come along to the next session. In the meantime take look for yourself at the great work taking place at Mayflower by visiting

For further details visit the school website or contact us directly.

Students from the University of Plymouth joined the staff at Mayflower Community Academy for their first open journal club last week. ‘Participating on journal club at Mayflower Community Academy yesterday was very inspiring as it developed my understanding of triad teaching and ITT.’

Future Mayflower Community Academy Journal Club dates 2017/2018:
11th October 2017
22nd November 2017
17th January 2018
2nd May 2018 (**Changed from 21st March 2018 – theme changed to Triad teaching part A) POSTPONED
9th May 2018 (**Theme changed to Triad teaching part B) POSTPONED
20th June 2018

3:45 – 5:00 pm, no charge for these events, everyone welcome and we supply the tea and biscuits

How to run your own journal club:

  • Interested in running your own journal clubs? Here are some tips for how to get started. Better still, we are available to help you set up your own clubs. We provide training and all the resources you need, contact us for prices at 01752 365730

Before the event designate one person to welcome visitors and run your hospitality

Ensure you have plenty of tea and biscuits ready

Welcome and introduce any visitors

Work through the abstract and record questions raised on the individual data
collection sheets (15 minutes)

Discuss the questions raised (5 minutes)

Produce individual mind maps of the whole article, working through the journal
paragraph by paragraph (40 minutes)

Discuss findings, how will points raised impact on classroom practice? (5 minutes)

Discuss questions/misconceptions related to your current context. What questions relevant to your experiences do you want to explore further? (5 minutes)

Discuss suggestions for your next meeting. What are the questions you want to explore more (this will enable you to find appropriate journals for your next meeting)

Collect in all the data collection sheets and place them in a Journal Club folder

Thank visitors and remind them of the date of the next club.