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Communities of Practice

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May and June were busy months for the team! We’ve now awarded places to 50 successful Advanced Practitioners (APs) to join the Communities of Practice strand. We’re absolutely delighted to be working with APs from all around the country.

APs have been inducted to the programme via webcam – see the slides above for an overview of the session. Each AP has been assigned to an action learning set, to enable them to gain a deeper understanding of a problem or issue and to see it differently, so that they can find their own solutions. Five action learning sets have already taken place, with the remaining five scheduled over Summer. Here’s some feedback on the experience so far from one of our APs:

 “I’m really impressed with how quickly we have come together as an action set and although this has, in-part, been facilitated by technology, I really feel it is mainly down to each of us being genuinely interested in each other’s projects, and seeing those things having already occurred or for opportunities for further activities in our own organisations.”

Andy Crissell, Advanced Practitioner, South Essex College

Through the rich discussions that have taken place, APs are already supporting each other’s quality improvement projects by providing advice and new ideas.

There are some interesting themes emerging from the action learning sets, such as requests for webinars on: 

  • enhancing digital skills for practitioners and learners; 
  • assessment and tracking; 
  • managing staff CPD for those that work seasonal sessions; 
  • sharing effective practice on teaching learning and assessment. 

We’re very keen to respond to sector need, so will be using the themes to inform the schedule of webinars that we’ll be publishing in the autumn term.

There is lots more planned – we’re just at the beginning of this exciting journey working with 50 APs … so watch this space.

There is a toolkit of free resources on its way to you soon! If you can’t wait for your hard copy, you can download your digital copy from the Excellence Gateway

If you have any queries on the Communities of Practice strand, please contact Punam or Lou

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