Best Practice

Is a professional learning culture possible?

How can we give every professional in our schools a stake in school improvement. This was the topic under discussion at a recent education roundtable debate. Keith Wright reports.

Today the reality is that if schools are going to fully realise their ambitions, leadership has to be at the very core of the organisation, and this can't happen unless professionals at every level are given the opportunity to have a direct impact on school improvement.

But how do you spot schools that empower their staff to play an integral part in their running? There are a number of key characteristics, including giving teachers freedom to learn from and with each other, the use of performance management systems that are focused on personal professional growth, and the development of structures and systems that allow every member of staff to make a direct contribution to school improvement.

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