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Advanced Practitioner Case Study - Improving Questioning, Kirklees College


This case study is from one of 15 collaborative projects, across a range of cross-sector partnerships that were commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to support Phase 4 of the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme.

This phase was delivered by touchconsulting and CETTAcademy to evaluate the role of Advanced Practitioners (APs), as defined by Tyler et al (2017)[1]. The projects were intended to explore the functions and values of the AP role within the partnership’s quality improvement priorities.

The seven Advanced Teaching and Learning Coaches (the equivalent of the AP role) worked together to facilitate a range of coaching interventions to support teachers. The focus of these interventions was to support colleagues in developing questioning and answering (Q&A) techniques. Questioning was selected as a key focus due to the feedback from the 2017-2018 observation cycle which highlighted a range of development needs in this area.

[1] Tyler, E., Marvell, R., Green, M., Martin, A., Williams, J. and Huxley, C. (2017) Institute for Employment Studies (2017). Understanding the role of Advanced Practitioners, (Education and Training Foundation).