Why do you need to be part of a Professional Community?
Leading and managing a subject or curriculum area can be a difficult and at times isolating task. Our professional communities provide middle leaders with meaningful professional development focused on their specialism.
Professional communities are designed to keep middle leaders on top of new information and research, and provides a network of likeminded, supportive individuals to share ideas and resources with.
Each professional community will be led by a subject, topic or area specialist who will coordinate six meetings per academic year, plus ongoing dialogue and interactive engagement throughout the year. Each of the six sessions in the year will be packed full of essential training, subject updates, new techniques, research, resources. tips and analysis. Further updates and information is shared across the group on an ongoing basis electronically, and opportunities for joint working and peer networking across schools are also created throughout the year.
Professional Communities 2021/22
In 2021/22, VNET Education CIC will be coordinating five Professional Communities for EYFS, KS1 & KS2 practitioners; Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and EYFS.
The EYFS Professional Community will provide an opportunity for sharing best practices to drive forward continuous improvement and ensure best outcomes for our EYFS children. The group will use evidence from their own schools to drive improvement, supported by ideas and proven methods from other members of the group.
The Maths Professional Community will provide opportunities to improve outcomes, engagement and enjoyment of all aspects of mathematics in the primary phase, share best practices to be driven by what the subject leaders want, and focus on effective subject leadership for new and experienced leaders.
The Reading Professional Community will support leaders in the identification of priority reading objectives and in the leadership and best practice in the teaching of Phonics across the school. It will also focus on the three strands of vocabulary, retrieval and inference.
The Science Professional Community will provide an opportunity for science leads from all primary age ranges to meet and stay up to date with primary science practice, develop ideas and skills to provide children with the best science education possible, and share personalised development within a network of supportive colleagues and a flexible programme which adapts to the needs of the group as a whole.
The Writing Professional Community will support leaders in the identification of priority writing objectives and will outline immediate teaching priorities to accelerate progress in Y1 – Y6. It will also support leaders in best practices in the teaching of Writing, Grammar and Spelling and in the assessment of writing for years 1 – 6.
Professional Communities 2022/23
Professional Communities for the 2022/23 year will be announced soon…