…’the adult became less of a ‘sage on the stage’ and more of a ‘guide on the side’ is just one illuminating quote from a teacher experimenting with the Schools as Learning Organisations (SLO) model.
The model inspires new approaches to Professional Learning (PL) and enhancing a PL culture. Seven new case studies, written by teachers, share insights into what groups of schools have learned.
Ysgol Gwynedd has improved learning outcomes by working with Toyota on LEAN principles in education – an example of learning from their wider environment. Teachers from Connah’s Quay High School collaborated on action research and trialling of new learning and teaching approaches before sharing the outcomes with colleagues in school and their wider region.
The seven case studies, one for each dimension of the SLO model, will be added to as the work develops.
The soft launch of the model took place in November 2017. Over 2,000 teachers have since taken part in a survey which gives schools a picture of the extent to which they are operating as a learning organisation, along with areas where they could improve. The aim is to extend this approach to all schools in Wales later in the year.
The SLO web pages have more on the model and how it supports a new curriculum and Wales’ wider education reforms.