RIPPLE and Lesson Study
At all levels and in all spheres of operation, the trust promotes a culture of collaborative, research-informed professional learning and the use of evidence (RIPPLE). We use research Lesson Study and research-informed, incremental coaching to support continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and learning. We encourage evidence-based teaching and an inquiry-orientated approach to school-improvement planning.
We promote a distributed model of leadership to build sustainable leadership capacity, professional capital and expertise at all levels and from school improvement to operations. Now with the Learn-AT Teaching School, we encourage and promote high-quality, research-informed initial teacher education, strong professional learning communities in and across our schools, including post-graduate and professional study, leadership development, membership of professional organisations and networks such as the Chartered College of Teaching, Leadership Matters and Whole Education.
All Learn-AT staff have access to a range of professional learning courses, programmes and networks, organised by the Learn-AT Teaching School. These are planned to meet the criteria set out in the National Standards for Teachers' Professional Development These include:
- Termly Phase and Faculty meetings with other Trust schools
- Research Informed Practice, Professional Learning and use of Evidence (RIPPLE) Network meetings
- Sounds Write Phonics training
- A two-year Early Career Training Programme for NQTs