Staff feel comfortable sharing practice

It is important to develop a culture where all staff feel confident sharing ideas and practice. This does not only rely on having structures and processes to do so, but also a confidence amongst staff.

  • One way to build this is to encourage newer or beginning members of staff to contribute and show that all contributions are valued.
  • It is also powerful when leaders model¬†this behaviour and show that they are prepared to be vulnerable and open to critique.

Once this culture is in place, it is then important to build beyond sharing.

  • Staff should begin to feel comfortable criticising one another in a productive way (e.g. challenging the evidence-base etc.)
  • The risk of sharing practice is that it never gets beyond being shared and isn’t embedded or refined – build in follow up reflective practices to ensure that there is an impact on pupil learning.

Blog, David Weston: Teach Meet Collaborate

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