SSLP Professional Learning Trio

Date of past event:

27th March 2019


FREE Pedagogy from the SSLP

The Concept

Professional development programmes that are either one-off entities, or never-ending processes can pay little attention to the motivations and rhythms of classroom teachers. With this trio of events – with an optional bonus event of high promise – we had a clear end point in mind: the collaborative sharing of experiences with a common goal. That goal was itself set out by the imaginative, witty and often controversial David Didau in Part 1, while the relationships and experiences that were celebrated in the third and final event held boundless potential for SSLP partner schools.

For professional development to be of value, for it to offer some promise of improved method, it must necessarily be disruptive. This trio of short events offered an unapologetic break to your routine, a space in which to reflect, discuss and re-enthuse about the value of teaching and the mysteries of learning.

The Timeline

Teachers from across the SSLP joined together for an extended Pedagogy collaboration.

Wednesday 28th November, 4:30-6pm Dulwich College

We began with a session led by David Didau, author of Making Kids Cleverer. David presented ‘three theories for improved classroom practice.’  Since the session participants have been exploring the application and relevance of any of the three theories.

Wednesday 30th January, 4:30-6pm Westminster City School 

In the second session we reflected on how we have used and learnt from the techniques by sharing our experiences in mini-conversations with other participants. We discussed what worked and what didn’t. By starting lots of conversations we met different people whom we might like to visit. Between our second and third meetings participants will visit partner schools to see examples in practice.

Wednesday 27th March, 4:30-6pm St Saviour’s & St Olave’s

At our third and final meeting participants shared experiences of their visits to partner schools with a 4-5 minute presentation to the group.

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Bonus Event Wednesday 5th June, 4:30-6pm Dulwich College

Participants who have attended all three parts of the Professional Learning Trio and made/hosted a visit will be offered complementary tickets to “Dylan Wiliam presents”: an exclusive event in June. “Why formative assessment is (still) a priority for teachers, schools and colleges: presenting the latest evidence which reaffirms that minute-by-minute and day-by-day adjustments to teaching represent the most significant impact for learners.”