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Embedding a Professional Learning Culture

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Member - £99
Non-Member - £149

Facilitator - Chris Dale

This course will start with the why; why is a professional learning culture so important in school life?  We will explore the importance of culture in establishing and building an effective climate of professional learning within or across schools.  We will then go on to critically examine the research in this area and attempt to use this to establish some underpinning evidence-based principles.  Following this we will start to explore and develop some practical ideas that exemplify the principles and that schools and leaders could use to implement these approaches.  There will be a strong focus on coaching, teacher enquiry and professional learning communities. There will also be an opportunity to consider the implications of all of this in the individual contexts of participants as well as an evidence-based framework for decision making that should inform and guide delegates about next steps.


•    Think deeply about professional learning cultures
•    Understand and consider the evidence around professional learning cultures
•    Have a greater understanding of practical strategies to strengthen professional learning culture
•    To be equipped to make informed contextual decisions about next steps


School leaders - Head teachers, Deputy head teachers, Assistant head teachers, Phase Leaders, Subject Leaders, Curriculum Leads and Assessment Leads.  Primary and Secondary suitable.


Chris Dale

A Masters Graduate from the University of Leeds, Chris quickly became Head of Mathematics and a Leading Teacher for Cambridgeshire. Moving into
advisory work, he was County Mathematics Adviser and Senior Adviser in Suffolk. He then worked as Vice Principal at a large academy, leading whole school teaching and learning and leadership development and spent time as acting headteacher. He was then appointed as a MAT Director for Teaching and Learning/EEF Research School. In 2017 he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for Suffolk.  He has also worked as a Deputy Director for the NCETM and is a CollectivEd Fellow.