Author: Dick Downing, Pippa Lord, Megan Jones, Kerry Martin and Iain Springate
Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Full reference: Downing, D., Lord, P., Jones, M., Martin, K. and Springate, I. (2007). Study of Creative Partnerships Local Sharing of Practice and Learning. Slough: NFER.
This report was commissioned to look at the sharing of practice generated through Creative Partnerships within and between schools locally. The research explored levels of school engagement with Creative Partnerships, local approaches to sharing and ‘cascade’, and the factors that enable, hinder and sustain local sharing. The report sets out a model describing the inputs, outputs and methods by which sharing of professional learning from creative activities can be achieved. A four-step approach is set out for planning appropriate sharing, covering aim, intended outcome, selected approach and the benefits of that approach. Aims, planning and outcomes are again emphasised in a proposed diagnostic tool for considering whether successful sharing has taken place. Interviews with schools revealed a wealth of approaches to sharing learning between teachers and schools, many of which approaches could relate to almost any aspect of learning undertaken by teachers. The report makes recommendations for Creative Partnerships to enable greater sharing of professional learning and practice.
The research involved a desk-based study of the Creative Partnerships monitoring reports of outputs, a scoping study in two Creative Partnerships locations, and interviews in four Creative Partnerships locations involving a range of school and Creative Partnerships personnel. The research also briefly explored the sharing approaches in two complementary programmes also run by the Creative Partnerships National Office, namely the Regional Partnerships programme and the Creative Action Research Awards (CARA) Programme.