Phase 1 (2018-19): Piloting and Early Development
As part of the National Approach to Professional Learning and to support the development of the new school curriculum, the Welsh Government is funding regional consortia and three higher education institution (HEI) partners (Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and UWTSD) to develop a national programme of teacher professional enquiry.
During year 1 of the enquiry project, professional learning pioneers were supported by the HEIs to begin to develop their skills as professional enquirers by exploring the professional learning implications of the new curriculum. Pioneers worked in national enquiry groups, specialising in one of the six areas of learning and experience. Below are the summary outcome reports for the work undertaken during spring and summer 2018-19.
During the spring and summer terms, pioneers began to work with cluster schools to extend and deepen their professional enquiry skills beyond their own setting. The pioneers led three enquiry cycles during year 1. To support pioneers to become professional enquirers, HEIs have developed their understanding of relevant enquiry methods, data collection and the ethical considerations needed to engage in the enquiry process.
Teacher Professional Enquiry Programme 2019-20 Phase 2: Consolidation and Enrichment
HEI partners, working with regional consortia, are refining the professional enquiry skills of the pioneers through a consolidation/enrichment programme, enabling the professional learning pioneers (PLP) to become lead enquirers, regardless of accreditation. The pioneers will continue their cycles of enquiry focused on the new curriculum and associated pedagogy to identify professional learning requirements to support practitioners to plan and deliver the new curriculum.
Through the second half of the autumn term of 2019, the spring term of 2020 and the first half of the summer term of 2020, the pioneers are continuing to develop as lead enquirers through undertaking enquiries in their own schools (second half of the autumn term, 2019) and in clusters of schools (spring term and first half of the autumn term of 2020).
The enquiries were selected from a national enquiry menu (drawn up jointly between Welsh Government, the Consortia, the Universities and the pioneers) covering the six areas of learning and experience, curriculum making, pedagogy and professional learning.
The length of enquiry cycles will be flexible and agreed between the pioneers, HEIs and consortia. Some enquiries may be completed within a half-term, others may extend beyond this and deepen to include a wider cluster of schools.
School enquiry projects
The enquiry menu has been arranged into the themes listed below.
Please refer to ‘Guide to Undertaking Professional Enquiry’ (Sept 2019) published by Cardiff Metropolitan University. A useful starting point to support practitioners to develop as professional enquirers.
Please refer to ‘A Journey of Enquiry’ (November 2019) published by Bangor University. A brief snapshot of the journey Lead Enquiry Schools (formerly Professional Learning Pioneers) working with Bangor University.
Professional Learning Journey
The approach to professional enquiry forms part of an upcoming National Professional Learning Journey which provides a possible route map for schools to address the professional learning requirements of planning and implementing the new curriculum. The model will be supported by an increasing wealth of supporting resources and links to programmes provided by Regional Consortia partners.