A common approach to learning design across the system, founded on evidence of what works.

This element refers to how professional learning provision should subscribe to a four-element design model.

  • Collaboration – working in triads and groups within and across school as a key feature of all programmes.
  • Reflective practice – opportunities to reflect critically and candidly on current practice, and being open to others’ reflections on how practice can be improved or developed.
  • Use of data and research evidence – enabling participants to build their skills in making use of research and data.
  • Coaching and mentoring – interaction with coaches and mentors on programmes and in reflective practice in school.

Reflect on a ‘Talking Head’ video from a lead school improvement expert focusing on the importance of this element in the context of the wider national approach.


Consider research commissioned by Welsh Government to inform the evidence base for this element of the national approach.