FV&WL RIC CLPL workstream – online professional learning opportunities

For those practitioners who are looking to engage in CLPL during this time, the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Career Long Professional Learning workstream have reviewed and developed this list of professional learning opportunities originally posted on Twitter by @lauratsabet.  Where a course is included it is not an endorsement by the FV&WL RIC – this list is intended to signpost to a range of opportunities available and is by no means exhaustive.  This resource is a result of a collaborative effort between colleagues in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling, West Lothian, Education Scotland and the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative.

April – June 2020 priorities

Given the current challenges we are facing together, the CLPL workstream priorities right now (April-June 2020) are:

• Supporting health and wellbeing

• Building confidence using online platforms

• Sharing emerging examples of good practice

With this in mind, we are working in the background to add value where we can to these priorities.  We are in communication with other RIC teams in Scotland to understand the national picture and we have created a PDF which signposts staff to key resources: FV&WL RIC CLPL April-June key links

Take care, everyone.


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The Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Career-Long Professional Learning rationale

The aim of this work stream is to develop professional learning that will bring together national expertise, research and effective practice. This approach will utilise and enhance the talents of colleagues at all levels across the collaborative.

What is our data telling us?

Data from across our 4 authorities has been gathered and analysed. This includes:
• School self-evaluation of core QIs returns to Education Scotland since October 2017;
• Headteacher engagement in SCEL Programmes: Towards, Into, In and Excellence in Headship;
• LA Induction programmes for newly appointed and aspiring HTs;
• Access to leadership development programmes for practitioners , middle leaders and HTs;
• Level of engagement with Universities;
• The availability, quality and impact on improvement of Quality Assurance and Moderation support Officers ( QAMSOs);
• Local authority programmes for probationer teachers;
• The quality and content and reach of the previous Central Scotland Partnership professional learning programme; and
• Recurring themes for improvement from LA school reviews and Education Scotland HMI inspections.

What is this data helping us to plan?

Colleagues will develop and deliver CLPL experiences and resources which will have a direct impact on improving outcomes for children in our classrooms. From the data we have looked at clear areas for improvement have emerged common to all 4 authorities. These are:

What do we want to achieve?

The focus of CLPL improvement activity will be on supporting leaders and practitioners to:
• increase leadership opportunities at all levels;
• further develop practitioner and senior leader’s skills to deliver professional learning for others;
• facilitate collaboration, co-creation and delivery of high quality CLPL
• drive innovation and improvement in improving pace and challenge learning and teaching;
• improve the understanding and effectiveness of curriculum rationale and design;
• continue to improve the capacity of staff to self-evaluate for improvement; and
• support and the use of research and data to evidence progress and improvement.

What can be expected?

  • Leadership development at all levels which complements existing programmes available through universities, local authorities and SCEL
  • Co-creation and collaboration at all levels
  • Relevant and reliable data to monitor, evaluate and inform planning and direction
  • Improve understanding of expectations and standards
  • Consistency of message, expectation, understanding and delivery across the improvement collaborative
  • Varied approaches to quality professional learning including digital platforms

How will we take our work forward?

• The FVWL Improvement Collaborative Professional Learning Programme (PLP) will be populated and coordinated by professional learning officers group
• Where appropriate, PLP sessions be recorded and available digitally on the collaborative glow site currently being developed.
• CLPL resources and sessions will be developed by commissioned groups of:
senior leaders, practitioners, officers, QAMSOs, assessment coordinators, university researchers and other professional colleagues.
• CLPL group leads will take responsibility for coordinating the work of commissioned/ sub groups
• CLPL core group minutes will provide operational detail, responsibilities and timescales.
• Commissioned groups will use a task brief format to plan and monitor their work.
• Colleagues will design sessions that can be delivered in all authorities by multi authority teams.
• Events will be organised periodically for senior leaders, practitioners and officers to work together and to hear from national and international experts.
• The PLP will support and advertise the CLPL offer from all FVWL work streams and provide a central access system.
• Each authority will open localised CLPL to the collaborative where appropriate and manageable.
• Each support a financial contribution to facilitate collaborative events, administration costs and commissioned input from universities, national speakers and any independent providers.

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