Best Practice

Running staff working groups in schools

Staff working groups can be an effective approach to tackling a range of issues in school, not least planning/delivering CPD or developing practice in specific areas. John Rutter advises

Collegiality and cross-departmental co-operation are two cornerstones of self-improvement in any school. Research shows that teachers working together, sharing ideas and good practice leads to the success of initiatives that would not necessarily work in isolation.

Working groups can be the driving force behind these improvements but their success will depend on buy-in from staff and successful leadership. They present an excellent opportunity for unpromoted staff looking for the whole-school experience necessary for the next step in their career and they free teachers to run with their passions – letting them drive forward an idea or initiative they feel will have benefits for the young people in their care.

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