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Professional Learning Communities

A key aspect of Huntington School's Development Plan is to implement a high quality training programme to develop expertise in learning and teaching through our Professional Learning Communities initiative. The key purpose of Professional Learning Communities is to allow fellow professionals to share their expertise and learn from each others' contributions as they address key issues about learning and teaching, with the ultimate aim to improve their day to day practice.

We will focus on 4 key aspects of student learning and teaching:
• Functional Skills
• Student Independent Learning Skills (SILS)
• Assessment Data for Raising Achievement (ADRA)
• Literacy

Each Professional Learning Community will focus on collaborative planning and will establish an understanding of the key focus. Each community will serve as a support base for staff to share their good practice and will allow staff to engage in action research within their own subject. We will have a 2 year programme, with 2 areas covered per year for every colleague. There will be 8 meetings over four half terms, from October to June, with each PLC lasting for 4 meetings. The success of our professional development programme depends upon every single colleague's professional commitment to contribute to the PLC, and disaggregated Training Day time offers an opportunity to enable all staff to engage with this initiative.

This is a major part of the professional development of our staff over the next two years and will constitute directed time. However we do not want to take time away from departments. All Professional Learning Community meetings will be over at 4.45pm sharp.

1. Thursday 13th November 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)
2. Monday 1st December 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)
3. Wednesday 28th January (Training Day) 2.30pm-3.30pm (Non-disaggregated time)
4. Monday 9th February 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)
5. Tuesday 24th February 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)
6. Monday 9th March 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)
7. Thursday 23rd April (Training Day) 8.40am-9.40am (Non-disaggregated time): There will be no other meetings during the day so that departments can begin moderation promptly at 9.45am
8. Thursday 18th May 3.45pm-4.45pm (Disaggregated time)


What is a Professional Learning Community (PLC)?

• Shared Values and Vision Focus on pupil learning Values of the PLC are understood by all High expectations of all pupils Cultural improvement in the school

• Collective Responsibility for Pupils Learning Staff take joint responsibility Peer pressure on those who do not do their fair share

• Collaboration Focused on Learning Team planning Team teaching Across roles (teachers with support staff) and schools

• Group / Individual Professional Learning All staff involved Range of CPD (peer coaching, demonstration lessons, whole staff days, learning forums, workshops and research) Responsibility for promoting and supporting each others learning

• Reflective Professional Enquiry Reflective practice is valued Research and enquiry informs learning and teaching e.g. mutual observation, self evaluation and action research Data is analysed and used for reflection and improvement Input from pupils

• Openness, networks and partnerships People are open to change Engage in networks with other schools Encourage risk taking

• Inclusive Membership Support staff are valued in the PLC Governors are involved in the PLC

• Mutual Trust, Respect and Support Working Relationships are positive Staff feel competent

Why are Professional Learning Communities Important?

• Life Long Learning "An effective professional learning community has the capacity to promote and sustain the learning of all professionals in the school community with the collective purpose of enhancing pupil learning"

• CPD Sending individuals on one shot workshops has little impact on their practice. A concentrated effort within school on promoting a range of CPD is much more likely to have an impact

• Links Local, national and international; improvement must be seen to enhance the learning of all and not be seen as of narrow benefit

• Pupil Learning Enhance pupil learning, and in the widest sense including pupil well being