Welsh Government has asked the National Academy for Educational Leadership (Leadership Academy) to develop new national guidance for school leaders and governors in Wales on Leading Professional Learning.
The guidance will identify the key principles of effective approaches to leading professional learning and link these to a range of engaging examples of good practice at school and cluster level that will inform and inspire how schools plan for and lead professional learning.
The intention of Leading Professional Learning is not to prescribe structures or ways of working, nor is to provide off-the-peg resources or ready-made content for non-contact time. Rather, the guidance aims to help schools develop their own, integrated approaches to professional learning (including non-contact, or INSET, time) through a school-specific, agile Leading Professional Learning plan.
Leading Professional Learning will support schools in Wales to develop as learning organisations and will be rooted in the professional standards for teaching and leadership. The guidance will form part of the National Approach to Professional Learning.
Schools are at different stages in planning professional learning and where schools have concluded planning for this year – or will do so before the spring – the Leadership Academy anticipates that the Leading Professional Learning guidance will inform their planning for 2020/21 and beyond.
Leading Professional Learning is being developed by an editorial group that includes school leaders from primary and secondary settings and from Welsh and English medium schools and a representative from the regional consortia. The group is consulting with the Leadership Academy’s stakeholder group and the Strategic Education Delivery Group, which includes representation from across the ‘middle tier’, throughout the process.
The editorial group will be publishing updates at each stage of the process on the Leadership Academy website.