Critical Friends Group (CFG): New Coaches' Institute

Provider: The American School in London
£550.00 (no VAT on this item)
Accreditation opportunities: Certificate of participation

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Description A CFG is a type of learning community that generally consist of six to 10 teachers and administrators who commit themselves to learning together. Members of the CFG hold each other accountable for continuously adapting their practice to meet the needs of all learners, share resources and ideas, and support each other in implementing new practices. Critical friendship refers to the relationship among colleagues characterized by mutual trust and freedom from judgment, which allows them to freely discuss each other’s work with the intention of improving student learning.
Duration 4 & 1/2 days
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The American School in London's website

http://www.asl.org/LI
Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, Teaching staff, Assistant Headteacher, CPD Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Advanced Skills Teacher, Excellent Teacher, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Non-practising teacher, Post-threshold Teacher, Pupil mentor, Supply / Peripatetic teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, Head of Department / Faculty, Cross-curricular Themes, Coaching and Mentoring, CPD Leadership, Performance Management, Organisational Improvement, Education system, Assessment, Bilingual Support / EAL, Behaviour for Learning, Diversity, Gifted and Talented, Inclusion, Personalised Learning, SEND, Subject Knowledge, Classroom Management, Out of school
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

- The participants will learn to:

  • ask questions that challenge assumptions;
  • examine student work as a way to improve practice;
  • create collaborative cultures in their schools;
  • create and sustain effective professional learning communities.
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Critical Friends Group (CFG): New Coaches Institute

A CFG is a type of learning community that generally consist of six to 10 teachers and administrators who commit themselves to learning together. Members of the CFG hold each other accountable for continuously adapting their practice to meet the needs of all learners, share resources and ideas, and support each other in implementing new practices. Critical friendship refers to the relationship among colleagues characterized by mutual trust and freedom from judgment, which allows them to freely discuss each other’s work with the intention of improving student learning. Whether they call themselves critical friends, facilitative leaders, or simply members of a professional learning community, the commitments they hold are the same:

  • to be reflective;
  • to make their practice public to one another;
  • to frame meaningful questions and ask for substantive feedback from their colleagues;
  • to hold each other accountable for meeting the needs of students who struggle most;
  • to ask the kinds of questions that provoke and challenge their assumptions and habits;
  • to believe that together they are more capable of knowing what they need to know, and learning what they need to learn, than they are alone.

The creation of learning communities is complex work, requiring a commitment by administrators, teachers and coaches. It also requires high-quality preparation and sustained support. This four-and-a-half day course, led by Frances Hensley, Jennifer Johnston and Annie Leonard, teaches new coaches the skills and habits that enable them to:

  • ask questions that challenge assumptions;
  • examine student work as a way to improve practice;
  • create collaborative cultures in their schools;
  • create and sustain effective professional learning communities.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.