Networks again

it was always the case that we learn best from our peers, which is why networks are so important. It was good to join SEAD network meeting recently. These meetings are so very different to normal CPD where the dynamics of expectation and responsibility overlay proceedings like a professional duvet.
As always you come away richer and more informed at the end. One thing I found noticeable was the fact that no one seemed to be asking what they HAD to do. The assumption of governmental prescription which has shaped the last couple of decades of professional development seems to be fading. Teachers talked readily of what THEY were going to do. I was also surprised by the fact that subject leaders in both primary and secondary sectors seemed to have a degree of autonomy that I had not expected. I had assumed that school leaders would by now have begun to reinvent systems and spreadsheets that would constrain subject development.
Perhaps it was the people who choose to come to network meetings, or perhaps it is still too early for the systems to start to spread like wildfire; but it did remind me that when I started teaching it was possible, and expected, to make most of the decisions about how and why you taught at for yourself.

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Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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