Optimising the Use of Good Practice
Developing systems that help deliver outstanding provision
Schools, colleges and training providers are under relentless pressure to deliver continuous improvement; during inspection this, along with the quality of teaching, still remains a key determinate for “Grade 1” or “Outstanding” provision.
Unfortunately many organisations fail to pay sufficient attention to this important area. For example, more than half of the full inspection reports for FE College published between 01 September 2012 and 20 August 2013 contained recommendations to set up or improve systems for sharing good practice.
Schools, colleges and training providers are expected to do things better by spreading and embedding their most effective practices - and by learning from the highly effective practices of other organisations. The overriding goal being to raise the standard of peoples’ work across the whole of the organisation to such a level that it becomes outstanding, thereby ensuring all students and learners are properly supported, make rapid and sustained progress and achieve their full potential.
How this is achieved in practice usually receives less attention. Indeed, there often appears to be a general expectation that managers and staff will work autonomously to continually to seek out examples of good practice and then use these to develop and improve the ways in which they and their teams work. In the real world this is far less prevalent than one might expect. Short term targets and priorities frequently get in the way, finding time for research or even to just “look” at what colleagues are doing is difficult.
However, establishing the capacity to make the most of highly effective practice does not just happen: if it did then the quality of teaching, learning and assessment would be consistently high across all aspects and all areas of most organisations, there would be few, if any, disparities between the achievements of different groups of learners within many organisations; once outstanding provision was attained it would be easy to sustain. Currently this is far from the case in the education and training sectors.
Enhancing the capacity to continuously embed good practice requires skill and commitment, a culture of openness and trust, together with policies and procedures to capture, convey and celebrate the best efforts of all staff. If schools, colleges and learning providers are to maximise the significant benefits on offer they must ensure that their systems and approaches are working optimally.
Most Managers will benefit from reviewing their existing procedures and considering how their organisation and department/s could refine and develop more effective ways to support, guide, scaffold and monitor the sharing, use and embedding of good practice.
This interactive one-day workshop examines in detail key aspects of highly effective practice. It provides clarity on what spreading and embedding good practice means and how it can best be achieved. It considers a range of different methods which have proven successful and discusses how participants can use these approaches to the best effect in their own organisations.
This workshop is designed to help managers and curriculum leaders develop robust systems for embedding highly effective practices in their organisation. It is considered particularly suitable for those who work in further education colleges, local authorities, independent learning providers, sixth-form colleges and secondary schools. This includes, but not exclusively:
- Senior Management and Quality Teams
- Staff development managers and initial teacher trainers
- Learning coaches, mentors and advanced practitioners
- Staff who line-manage the performance of teachers and trainers
- Managers with responsibility for improving the quality of teaching and training
- Staff with responsibility for observing teaching and training
- Learning support and guidance managers
Aims and objectives
To help participants develop a deeper understanding of the nature of highly effective practice and why it should be spread; to explore how good practice can be embedded well, throughout their organisation. By attending this workshop participants should be better able to:
- distinguish and interpret highly effective practice
- set up formal and informal methods for recognising and documenting good practice
- establish procedures for spreading internal and external good practice
- monitor the success of embedding good practice
- overcome barriers to sharing good practice
- maximise the benefits of embedding good practice
Distinguishing and interpreting highly effective practice
- The challenges of defining and making sense of highly effective practice
- Understanding what makes practice ‘highly effective’
- Acknowledging the situated nature of practice that works well
- Appreciating good practice from the viewpoints of different stakeholders
Recognising and documenting good practice
- Seeking and capturing highly effective practice
- Methods of identifying practice that is working well
- Documenting knowledge of good practice so that it is available to
- the right people
- in the right format
Establishing procedures for spreading internal and external good practice
- Formal and informal approaches for encouraging the sharing of practice
- Making the most of interactive and collaborative methods
- Formulating an effective strategy for embedding good practice
Overcoming barriers to sharing good practice
- Understanding organisational, technological and personal obstacles to sharing practice
- Working with organisational culture
- Balancing the advantages and disadvantages of technology
- Dealing with resistance to sharing practice
- Sustaining commitment to embedding good practice
Monitoring the success of embedding good practice
- Establishing success factors for systems for embedding good practice
- Determining effective measures of progress
- Utilising a range of methods for collecting evidence of progress
- Making the most of unexpected outcomes
In-House delivery at Dundee College
“Great ideas for discovering good practice.”
“Very practical ideas for capturing good practice.”
“ A springboard . .. to more forward on developing a strategy for embedding good practice.”
“Improved dissemination of good practice & good suggestions for improving, identifying & capturing good practice.”
“Good quality + easy to follow.”
“Content was good and was used well to illustrate different aspects.”
"Very indepth and encouraging to explore ideas."
Quality Manager, AFCL Doncaster
"Interesting, informative and inspiring!! Practical ways to share good practice, strategies and methods grounded in theory."
Teacher Development Manager, Kirklees College
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Quality Improvement Workshops
- Developing Subcontractor Performance - Improving Quality and Success Rates
- Getting Quality Assurance Right (FE & Skills)
- Optimising the Use of Good Practice
- Quality Auditing the Learning Journey
- The Journey to Grade 1 - Outstanding
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities