Principles of Professional Learning

Teachers collaborating to share best practice is a core principle of professional learning at Imberhorne School. Research and enquiry into our own practice is a key part of learning and pathways provide opportunities for teachers to come together to learn, reflect and share.

A typical professional development session may start with an input from one of the group members, which provokes thinking and discussions, followed by sharing of ideas and best practice. Then teachers in the group commit to trying out something in their lessons in the coming week. Ideally, this experimentation is observed by someone else in the group. This in turn leads to further discussion, which is ultimately fed back to the rest of the group at the beginning of the next meeting. All subsequent meetings commence with members sharing their classroom experiences since the last meeting. This process, when repeated over time has a big impact on classroom practice, teachers’ thinking and ultimately outcomes for students.

Imberhorne Staff Professional Learning Feedback:

What made the Teacher Learning Community work for me?

Having to commit to trying something out, and being asked to reflect on it and feed back to others. With other CPD sessions that are stand-alone, I tend to be inspired and end up trying something once or maybe twice, but I end up being too busy to put the effort into embedding it into my regular practice This negative cycle does not happen with TLCs, as you need to feedback on it within a few weeks, so you keep up the momentum

It’s been really good because I’ve had experience of working with other people, watching teachers using Assessment for Learning techniques in the classroom and I’ve thought ‘how can I use that in my own teaching?’ and ‘how can I make that suitable for my subject and more fun and engaging for the students?’ rather than standard techniques that I’ve always used

The opportunity to talk about teaching and learning with others is invaluable

The thing I like best is, you’ve got various ideas, [and you think]  ‘oh that’s good I can use that’, that’s the bit that’s exciting, and I think it’s the motivation to turn those ideas into something in your subject or a more generic sort of tool. I think the biggest thing… is the ideas.

Measuring the Success and Outcomes of Professional Learning