Teaching Trios

Professional Learning Community (PLC)

How will Trios work?

Each trio meets throughout the whole academic year during designated PPM/PPT sessions and on a Tuesday morning on set dates as outlined on the CPD calendar.

PLC (sessions A) are presented by Lead Practitioners. Teachers are given a choice of six sessions to attend every half-term; each teacher will choose the PLC in each half-term, which best suits their specific Teaching & Learning needs (which may mean revisiting the same area more than once).

Teachers will work with different trios each half term; this means that every member of staff will have joined six different trios and will have worked with a total of twelve different teachers from across the College.

PLC (sessions B) are collaborative meetings and Lead Practitioners will act in a mentoring/coaching role. Teachers will work together on their chosen area of Pedagogy and Practice.

Outline of Sessions A

Teachers sign up to and attend one of the six Lead Practitioner-led T&L sessions. They attend a PPM/PPT session to collaborate with and support the members of their allocated trio to develop the specific area of pedagogy. These sessions will include:

  • critical appraisal;

  • joint planning;

  • observation and reflection.

Outline of Sessions B

Teachers attend a PPM/PPT session. In these sessions they will, with their trio, collaborate with other trios who have the same PLC focus area.  In these sessions, teachers will:

  • feedback on the impact of the specific strategy on pupil progress;

  • reflect on how they have used strategies in their current practice;

  • develop next steps and complete their individual learning journal.

In between Sessions A and B

In between Sessions A and B (approximately 3 weeks):

  • teachers observe lessons within the trios. This could be using iRIS or observing a part of the lesson linked to their teaching and learning focus;

  • teachers meet during the Tuesday morning session to discuss and reflect on the impact on pupil progress. 


Consistency across the Classroom

Strategies to promote positive learning behaviour across the College.

Modelling and Explanation

Techniques to improve the quality of teacher-led expositions, including strategies to promote independent learners.


Strategies for developing questioning to deepen thinking and to challenge misconceptions.

Differentiation and Challenge

Strategies to support, challenge and motivate all learners to maximise progress.


Techniques to develop student understanding and create meaningful pupil response.


Strategies within and between lessons to improve learners’ recall and understanding.