Now is the time to build a culture of positivity and reflection
Happy new year to all the wonderful school leaders, middle leaders, teachers and support staff who have supported their learners, each other and the wider community through the last few very turbulent months. Every educator has had to think differently about how they teach, how they communicate with their teams and how they make sure that learning continues to take place. We are in awe of your resilience and commitment. You are on the frontline and everyone, everywhere should recognise this.
Here at Learning Cultures, we have had to adapt and change our working practices to be able to continue to deliver the CPD and coaching support that many in the profession rely on. It was devastating back in March to hear that schools were closing. We genuinely thought that we would not be able to continue to trade.
However, as coaches with a can do positive attitude, we decided to change our business model and put all of our courses and services online. For those who have attended any of our training will, I know, endorse the fact that the result has been outstanding. There are so many positives that have come out of our new model for CPD that we feel sure we will continue to offer online courses long after this pandemic is behind us. We have stand-alone 5 section courses for you to buy and use when you can. We have live webinars that cover courses looking at the curriculum, at coaching and supporting well-being. We have recently launched a suite of nutshell courses, one-hour bite-size training opportunities that an individual can dip into when they are able.
As I write this, the uncertainty continues, primary schools are doing their best to continue to open in the face of a deepening crisis and secondary schools are working hard to develop Covid testing stations alongside planning to welcome back their learners in a couple of weeks. I cannot help but feel that CPD and training for staff is not at the top of the list of priorities.
However, national and international research and the training and support that we have been delivering over the past year suggests that continuing to value staff through providing them with opportunities to continue to develop as professionals is a vital component of maintaining high-quality learning, wellness and a feeling of being valued.
Learning how to coach builds resilience, fosters professional learning communities and promotes positivity. Leading a coaching school will reap exceptional benefits for all staff in these difficult times. Continuing to develop a well-sequenced curriculum is essential and our curriculum courses provide the resources and learning tools to ensure consistency, outstanding teaching and learning and a shared commitment to realise the vision for continuous improvement. We have developed a course that looks specifically at blended learning and we have just launched a new course that helps teachers develop outstanding pedagogical skills using platforms such as ZOOM or Microsoft Teams.
As the title of this news post says there has never been a more important time to create a culture of positivity and reflection. Investing in your staff with relevant and high quality CPD that is accessible, affordable and receives excellent testimonials will reap untold rewards that cascade widely across the whole organisation.
Thank you to you all, from Glynis and all at Learning Cultures.