My passion is designing and facilitating professional learning that actually improves performance sustainably over time. Professional learning that enables teachers and leaders progressively go plus one.
The fundamental aim influencing the way I design and facilitate learning is to enhance the growth of teacher/leader agency and efficacy through the process.
Whether one hour, one day or longer term professional learning programmes, my aim is to maximise the impact of learning on performance.
Conference/Keynote/INSET for leaders or teachers
Tailored to the learning needs of the audience, my sessions are a blended mix of theory and practical tools and strategies grounded in sound research. They are planned backwards so those attending have a clear theory of action by the end of the session, so they can work on developing their performance further.
Typical areas of focus for teachers include;
- Modelling and explaining
- Planning and curriculum design
- Developing learning norms
- Feedback-Challenge loop
Typical areas of focus for leaders include;
- Leading learning and teaching
- Maximising shared clarity
- Developing learning within teams
- Overcoming the barriers to adult learning
- Slower thinking
- Designing and leading impactful professional learning
Thanks for the extra resources and a HUGE thank you for the course yesterday. I really got so much out of it and have been sharing some of the ideas with colleagues today. Managed to purchase one of your books yesterday and look forward to reading it and learning so much more. Really appreciate all that you have done. Thank-you.Teacher, North London
Many thanks again, Mark. Your conference input was very positively received – engaging, humorous, thought-provoking and practical. Nailed it!”Education Officer, LA (Scotland)
Just wanted to say a big thank you for your amazing session this afternoon. It was really high impact, I felt really inspired and the teachers have already emailed saying how much they got out of it. I really look forward to working with you more in the future.”Primary MAT Project and Executive Support Manager, London
The feedback from staff has been incredible. You had a significant impact on people which is hard to describe. Someone told me about a Facebook discussion which involved over 30 staff all saying how fantastic the day was. Newly made resources have been ‘found’ in photocopier rooms. Your work was universally very well received. A huge thank you personally and professionally.”Head teacher, secondary school
Multi-session Learning Programmes
Plus One Learning Cycles
Plan, test, reflect does exactly what it says. A professional learning programme that provides teachers with iterative opportunities to step off the intense, fast paced and transactional treadmill of school, to engage deeply with a rich mix of research, think pieces, as well as practical strategies and tools.
The programme is structured with rich collaboration, reflection and possibility-focussed dialogue at its’ heart, enabling teachers to develop their practise sustainably.
Recent areas of foci for teachers have included:
- Developing classroom dialogue for learning
- Developing shared clarity through effective Modelling and explaining
- Making learning ‘stickier’
- Challenge and scaffolding
- Developing the competence-rich classroom
Throughout the programme, teachers collaboratively develop portfolios of impact demonstrating their gains and their own personal learning and the impact on the learning of their class(es). These portfolios are shared at the conclusion of the programme.
Thought I’d drop you a quick message to let you know feedback from staff. I have had a chance to catch up with everyone now and everybody has found the days really useful. They have like the practical ideas which you can implement straight away. They appreciate the time to reflect and talk about their practice. All of them felt like it would be a really beneficial for the rest of the staff. In middle leaders meeting this morning they were incredibly positive about the experience and appreciated how it was tailored to the individual needs. So, all good stuff!”Deputy Head teacher
Leading for Learning
Schools have faced unprecedented change over the last ten years to curriculum, inspection, assessment, pedagogy, as well as political, social, economic and technological changes which have impacted on the communities they serve. Given there is little sign of let up in terms of change, it is imperative that those who work in schools, both leaders as well as teachers/TAs are effective learners. After all, in the words of Eric Hoffer, ‘In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.’
According to the Sutton Trust, “teachers working in schools with more supportive professional environments continued to improve significantly after the first three years, while teachers in the least supportive schools/colleges actually declined in their effectiveness.” Leading for Learning, enables leaders and their teams to explore ways to maximise the impact of professional learning in our schools on teaching and leadership. It will also address the key drivers for staff wellbeing and retention.
The programme examines three fundamental questions:
- How do we grow a sustainable and impactful learning culture within the staffroom of our schools?
- How do we, as leaders, reduce the variance between the most and least effective teaching within our teams through teacher learning?
- How do we develop a learning culture that nurtures excellence and staff engagement?
I have always been sceptical of leadership and management, as I previously thought that the majority of leaders are leading for their own interests, but having worked with you and the group I can see exactly the type of leader that I want to be and more importantly how I can achieve this…A moment that defines the change in me is the phrase, ‘modelling, modelling, modelling… If you want someone to do something show them exactly how you would like them to do it.”Lead Practitioner and Key Stage Lead
Thanks for another great day of reflection and learning. I really feel this programme is helping me to see where we are going next as a school and also to consider how I can support other HTs – I am getting so much deep learning from it.”head teacher