This section is designed to offer amplification for Indicator 5.2
5.2. Professional Learning Communities.
How and the extent to which the school supports communities of learning enquiry to develop and reform teaching & learning practice.
Developing students as better learners is a long term innovation. It requires far more than an Inservice training day and ‘away you go’, it has implications not just for student learning, but for staff learning too. Teachers’ habits as learners have to become part of the picture; how they go about changing is as relevant as what changes they want to bring about.
Here’s a brief overview of how the development of staff mirrors the development of students as learners, involving not just new knowledge but changes in teaching habits. It explores the importance of creating communities of enquiry (or Professional Learning Communities), and considers how they might support small-scale enquiries.[/box]