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Teaching & Learning Hubs

 

Professional Learning Community (PLC) - Teaching and Learning Hubs

As part of our commitment to maintaining a supportive learning family as a body of staff, Teaching and Learning Hubs meet on Tuesday mornings. These hubs are comprised of teachers with a mixture of roles and responsibilities across all curriculum and pastoral areas, united by the shared experience of classroom teaching at our College and a commitment to raising standards for our pupils.

Being part of a T&L Hub provides all teachers with opportunities to gain support, share good practice and seek advice on effectively implementing school policies. The hubs help to ensure consistency across the curriculum and pastoral areas so that high standards of teaching and learning are maintained throughout the College. Trainee teachers and Associate Teachers on the School Direct Programme are included in hubs to give them experience of participating in professional conversations and improving Pedagogy and Practice

Teaching and Learning Hubs

Expectations and Outcomes 

As a College, it is vitally important that systems and policies are rigorous and consistent in all areas. T&L Hubs play an essential role in enabling staff to reflect upon their own practice and ensure that they are implementing College policies effectively through opportunities to seek clarity and guidance from other members of their hub and support from a designated Lead Practitioner.

Teachers are grouped into T&L Hubs strategically to ensure a range of expertise within both curriculum and pastoral areas. Therefore, within a hub we would expect to see 8 - 10 teachers made up of a member of SLT, a HOD or TLR holder (pastoral/curriculum), an NQT or RQT, as well as a range of classroom teachers from across the curriculum. A designated LP, who ensures the sessions are focused and beneficial to all staff, oversees the hubs and also acts as a mentor/coach.

T&L Hub meetings take place on Tuesday mornings on set dates as outlined in the CPD calendar and they will include opportunities to:

  • share best practice;
  • reflect and discuss challenges within the classroom;
  • clarify policies and routines;
  • discuss findings from other CPD sessions;
  • make suggestions and recommendations for improvements.

It is expected that all staff attend their hub sessions on the planned dates throughout the year and that the sessions will be focused on the areas outlined below.

Sharing Best Practice

Teachers bring examples of their best practice or ideas from Breakfast Club into hub meetings to share teaching and learning resources that have worked well in a classroom setting, as well as pastoral initiatives such as ideas for charity fundraising and encouraging form time reading.

Reflecting on and Discussing Challenges within the Classroom Sharing ideas and solutions are an essential part of hub meetings. It is these discussions that drive forward improvements in all areas of teaching and learning.

Clarifying Policies and Routines

There are many policies and routines within our College and it is crucial that all teaching staff have a clear understanding of how these should be implemented. Hub meetings provide the chance for staff to clarify any areas that they are unclear of with other members of staff who have greater experience. These areas could include, for example, organising trips, protocol for internal exams or even refreshing our understanding of how learning objectives, literacy objectives and learning language should be delivered to pupils.

 

Discussing Findings from Other CPD Sessions

The T&L Hubs provide a platform for teachers to share information from CPD sessions they have been involved in. For example, NQTs, RQTs and RDP group members can bring to their meetings some of the ideas they have taken from the individual sessions they have been a part of. These ideas can be shared, so that all teachers are able to benefit from the training and support put in place for specific groups of teachers.

 

Making Suggestions and Recommendations for Improvements Throughout the year, staff are able to work together within Learning Hubs to prepare for and discuss lesson observations, snapshots and work scrutiny. Staff can draw from the expertise of their T&L Hub, including support from a dedicated Lead Practitioner who can mentor and coach members of staff within the hub and make suggestions on how to develop practice further, which may include the use of iRIS.

 

The Role of the Lead Practitioner

The designated T&L Hub Lead Practitioner is not just a support for the Tuesday morning sessions but is a go-to person for continuous advice and guidance throughout the year. As well as HoDs and TLR holders, LPs are available to informally observe whole or part lessons and provide feedback through discussion. They can answer quick questions on procedure, help teachers to develop effective marking and feedback strategies, help with time management issues and much more.