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Four lessons for professional learning

Aldenham School, Hertfordshire, has developed its ‘Teaching Partners’ programme to help drive continual improvement in classroom practice. Assistant Head (Learning), Luke Harding, draws four lessons from Aldenham’s experience of designing professional learning for teachers.

I once worked with a headteacher who gave great assemblies inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost. Every year, she’d find a new use for:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by…

If teachers in the independent sector are travellers in a gloomy wood, cast over by shadows shaped like VAT on fees, a challenging recruitment situation and ever-increasing parental expectations, we might well imagine a choice between two diverging roads…”

 

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