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Effective practice

This area describes some effective models of practice used in the improvement of teaching, learning and assessment, as part of the OTLA initiative.

The model of “Joint Practice Development” was adopted by the East Midlands and London region providers. It was also a theme within the Learning Consortium’s improvement activity.

Joint practice development (JPD) was defined by Michael Fielding and colleagues as ‘learning new ways of working through mutual engagement that opens up and shares practices with others’. It has three key characteristics that make it more effective, and mark it out from, traditional expert-led CPD:

  • It involves interaction and mutual development related to practice.
  • It recognises that each partner in the interaction has something to offer and, as such, is based on the assumption of mutually beneficial learning.
  • It is research-informed, often involving collaborative enquiry.

You can find out more about the outcomes of the JPD approach in “Research” and “Case Studies” sections, as well as hear from some practitioners and learners in the videos featured here.

Central to the Learning Consortium’s programme in the South East and Essex was the Learning Framework: a proven, peer-led model that develops capacity for self-improvement in providers. You can find out more about the elements of the Learning Framework in the dissemination document.