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Learn Academies Trust

Learn Academies Trust

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