Creative Learning Teams

Creative Learning Teams Observation Action Learning

A Creative Learning Team (CLT) can last for just one day, or continue for a full academic year. CLTs can be as small as two staff, though an ideal number would be four. The methodology is similar to a critique session used widely in Arts and medic training, and is designed to promote detailed staff-room conversations about impact: ‘in what way are the learners different by the end of the session?’

A typical programme for a day may look something like this:

Introductions, methodology, ground rules.
Observation of teacher A
Post-observation debate (without teacher A)
Evaluative conversation with teacher A.
Completion of ideas plan and break.

Observation of teacher B
Post-observation debate (without teacher B)
Evaluative conversation with teacher B.
Completion of ideas plan and lunch.

Observation of teacher C
Post-observation debate (without teacher C)
Evaluative conversation with teacher C.
Completion of ideas plan and break.

Observation of teacher D
Post-observation debate (without teacher D)
Evaluative conversation with teacher D.
Completion of ideas plan.

Evaluation of the day and implications for the future.

Creative Learning Teams are most effective when staff do not feel that they have been ‘selected for development’ as a result of a poor observation grade. All members of the team should feel that they have something to give and something to gain from the experience. In the early stages, the external CLT leader’s role is to ensure the process is supportive, challenging and transformational. Depending on how the host organisation wants the initiative to progress, over time this can lead to a thorough self assessment of teaching and learning, or even the production of a full teaching and learning Quality Standard.

You may wish to precede the formation of Creative Learning Teams with the HoT Learning session; helping staff to understand the difference between good and outstanding. You may also wish to intersperse a programme of Creative Learning Days with sessions that challenge the way teachers plan and monitor their learners, such as HoT2: techniques for engaging learners, Data Springboard, or any of the specific Teaching and Learning sessions.

Have a look at what other providers said about this training. Click here, then ‘Filter by session’, and select the title for an overview of providers’ feedback. You may then wish to ‘Filter by provider’ to see further details of the impact it has had on individual staff. These comments can be invaluable when generating curiosity about forthcoming training.


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