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Creating the Expert Learner - Listening to learner voice

Creating the Expert Learner - Listening to learner voice

We have all lived through unprecedented times over the last few months. For all in the teaching profession it has been a time for change, learning new skills and adapting to a very new normal. This also goes for every single learner everywhere in whatever phase or key stage they currently belong to. Schools and colleges are now returning to a more classroom-based process for learning but it is unlikely that we will return to normal in the near future if ever. The emphasis moving forward must continue to be on learning rather than teaching. This was, before the pandemic integral to the messages about planning how to implement the curriculum in every subject. UNESCO as an international commentator and The Education Endowment Foundation here in the UK emphasise the need to build on how learners have developed a range of skills especially their metacognitive and thinking skills over the past twelve months. If we can build on this powerful message and give learners the confidence and motivation to believe that their resilience and perseverance are positive outcomes from all of this then maybe we will the open the door to a more certain future for them.

This short course looks at some of the ways subject leaders and teachers can build on the skills that learners have had to develop over their time learning from home and give them a voice and a responsibility for creating the right tools for a future of blended and independent learning.

This asynchronous course will include video presentations, proformas for discussion and planning, card templates for an activity that can be used with staff again and again, some research documents that can be downloaded for future reading for those who would like to learn more. We also provide the presentation slides with a voice over and transcript.

The day will include:-

  • A focus on the research and the evidence that involving the learner in their own learning journey can have a significant impact on individual, group and whole school improvement
  • Defining the pedagogy of independent learning and an opportunity to look at how to support learners to become more reflective, resilient and innovative in achieving their own goals and targets using the power of questioning, peer to peer and group interaction and motivational feedback strategies
  • Time to review some of the resources and best practice examples of where learner voice can be a powerful model for creating the right culture where learners know that their learning will prevail and they will continue towards high levels of achievement over the coming months and years

Who is this nutshell course for?

This course presents a powerful opportunity for senior leaders to consider a strategy that focuses on how through explicit consideration of how they can be responsible for their own learning individual learners become expert learners. It is also relevant for teachers, subject leaders and those with pastoral responsibilities. Individual teachers may like to use the content to further their continuous professional development and for CPD managers the content may be useful as part of their planned CPD strategy.

A growing presence of online learning for Learning Cultures

This is part of a growing suite of nutshell courses we are planning. CPD is an essential part of school life and these webinars provide a flexible alternative to face-to-face training which can be difficult to timetable.  We are running a suite of live webinars as 2½ hour morning or twilight sessions where the trainer is live using an online platform.  These are proving very popular but for some the flexibility of these nutshells may be more accessible.


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