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West Dunbartonshire Guidelines

What is professional learning?

Professional learning can take many forms, and may include the following examples:

  • Self-evaluation and critical reflection processes
  • Collaborative action research
  • Professional dialogue with colleagues, other professionals, parents and learners
  • Focussed professional reading and research
  • Critical analysis of reading, learning and impact of professional practice
  • Learning about aspects of the curriculum or pedagogical practice
  • Peer support eg. Coaching or mentoring
  • Classroom visits/ peer observation
  • Online learning/blogs
  • Work shadowing
  • Co-operative or team teaching
  • Participation in teacher learning community/ learning rounds
  • Leading or participating in a working group
  • Planning learning which is inter-disciplinary or cross sector
  • Participation in assessment and moderation activities
  • Secondments, acting posts and placements
  • Masters study and qualifications
  • Accredited courses or activity related to achieving national professional standards for teachers
  • Attendance at professional/ academic conferences