The Reflective Practice Workshops build on the work accomplished during the London Schools Excellence Fund and Legacy (Professional Language Networks) Projects. Teachers involved in those projects were encouraged to pick a focus question/area each term and reflect on their practice throughout the process, documenting their observations and thought processes in a reflective log. Project Mentors and peers were invited to review each other’s reflective logs, adding their own comments, suggestions and signposting colleagues to useful resources. Many teachers involved found this to be a highly beneficial and positive experience.

The aims of the termly Reflective Practice Workshops are to: take a step out of the classroom and share thoughts and ideas with colleagues from other schools and boroughs; identify a key area of focus to reflect on; review and share findings at the follow-up workshop, whilst keeping G. Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle in mind. Gibbs’ reflective cycle encourages us to think systematically about the phases of an experience or activity. Click here for more information.

On 22 February 2018, at the second Reflective Practice Workshop, discussions were based around key focus areas, which teachers selected themselves, including the following themes: differentiation; finding ways to make the reduced timetable work for years 5 & 6; making the most of phonics in the classroom; using the target language & engaging other class teachers; skills-based assessment; developing writing skills of bilingual children and evaluating skills and measuring progress over time. The teachers talked about what they set out to investigate, how it went (setbacks, surprises), how this benefited their pupils and themselves and how this  informed their practice going forwards.

The atmosphere at the Reflective Practice Workshops is friendly, non-threatening and the workshops are a place to reflect and share openly with other professionals. The next Reflective Practice Workshop is due to take place on Thursday 14 June from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.