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The Collaborative Enquiry for Professional Learning programme aims to encourage sustained transformation in teaching practice

6 June 2023

Teachers meeting

Academics from the University’s School of Social Sciences are working with head teachers and senior leaders from 12 schools across Neath Port Talbot, to develop their experiences of and expertise in working with enquiry to support the professional learning of themselves and their staff.

Moving to working in a way that privileges enquiry as a key feature of professional learning and integrating it as part of the school culture is challenging. This programme therefore focusses on what is needed to establish professional cultures that support working in this way.

This bespoke programme has been developed for Neath Port Talbot; comprising of a series of sessions held over the course of an academic year, Professor Emmajane Milton and Dr Alex Morgan are working with 24 participants from schools across the region, to support the development of enquiry as a transformational feature of leadership practice in a way that guards against it becoming a step by step or tick box activity.

The programme aims to develop and embed understandings of supporting an enquiry stance in educational and leadership practice. Participants are encouraged to explore ways of working which support collaborative enquiry for meaningful professional learning in their specific educational context. The programme allows leaders the space to think deeply and critically about support for all learning including professional learning practices in their own context.

Emmajane and Alex said:

It is a privilege to work with this group of wonderful head teachers and senior leaders who are committed to working in this way to change practice and ultimately positively impact learner experience. This way of working foregrounds the learner and is tailored to each unique educational context in examining day-to-day classroom and leadership challenges. It enables a critical consideration of practice and supports honest, open and reflective conversations.

If you are interested in finding out more about CPD opportunities for your organisation, please feel free to contact our friendly team for an informal chat:

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