The programme is tailored to school needs from a portfolio of options including a launch conference; facilitated reviews for Senior Management Teams; whole school INSET or twilight sessions; multi-school conference to ‘train-the-trainer’; in school coaching and mentoring and access to webinars and an online personal learning network and community. If schools choose to do so a programme can be created to run throughout the school year providing opportunities for the development of generic professional attributes and subject specific pedagogies.
Driven by evidence from CUREE and other sources, the delivery mechanism is designed to give access to learning for a sustained period of time.
All of our CPD programmes are delivered via a blended learning model, combining face-to-face contact with online interaction.
Programmes begin with a half-day facilitated self-review exercise, assessing where schools are against core competencies in Mastering Learning so that each level of participant has a unique profile of strengths and areas for further development.
School Learning Plan
Based on the outcomes of the self-review, each school on the programme will be given the option of being provided with a Learning Plan for the year ahead. The plan is written by the participant in collaboration with their Expert Associate. Schools with complementary profiles are placed in to a Professional Learning Network (see below), allowing them to work with other schools or departments across the country.
The Expert Associate plays a key role. As a highly experienced education professional, they are able to work one-to-one with schools, coordinating the learning, monitoring progress, and providing support, guidance and challenge where appropriate. Associates and schools meet face-to-face and online.
Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) and online community
Research shows that a key “ingredient” of effective CPD is collaborative enquiry. Our approach achieves this through the formation of Professional Learning Networks within and between schools. Schools will be supported to set up learning threes so that teachers have opportunities to meet, observe each other’s teaching and discuss action research findings. PLNs are supported between schools via out online community or face to face where feasible.
We will provide a series of expert webinars for teachers to join where relevant (signposted in their school Learning Plan). These sessions will also be recorded so that teachers can access them when convenient to them and their school.