Collaboration is key
BlueSky is designed to support just this kind of joint working.
Some 5,500 collaborative projects have been undertaken through the Projects area and every school can share its profile and expertise across the networks.
In individual schools and across trusts, it enables staff to see where there is outstanding practice and where they might seek support from other colleagues or departments, whether it’s in MFL or KS1 phonics or management functions such as planning or in middle leadership.
Schools can also make their profile public on the system for other BlueSky members to see. They can promote it nationally, regionally or locally or to schools grouped by size or setting. So a school could be actively offering to share its particular expertise with others, wherever it thinks collaboration might work. It can then contact that school, via BlueSky, and have the conversation.
In difficult times, changing how we approach CPD means thinking differently. To maintain high standards in the classroom, teachers need high-quality professional development but that does not necessarily mean external training courses and complex development programmes.
We need to find simple and effective methods for exchanging or bartering schools’ own skills and services. That way, people can learn from the best – their fellow professionals – and the money can remain within the system.
There is a huge reservoir of knowledge and experience in our colleagues and professional networks to tap into.
Now is the time to capitalise on it.