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Co-operative Professional Development

At Lipson, teachers work together in regular training sessions to develop outstanding practice. This collegiate approach to professional development has prevented us from relying on centrally driven short-term strategies aimed at school improvement and moved us to a more deeply embedded co-constructed approach to improvement. The approach addresses issues of agency and distributed leadership and provides bottom-up leadership and develops a sense of collective accountability. Within this model different ideas are voiced and everyone has a part to play in the drive for continuous improvement. Central to this approach is our focus on the values of social responsibility, democracy and solidarity, where the individual is nourished through intrinsic motivation, self-esteem, dignity, security and ‘joy in work’.  This is achieved in part through our School Improvement Groups (SIGS).

To address these key areas there will be 5 School Improvement Groups. Progress of the SIGS can be followed by selecting any of the groups below. 




Co-operative Learning



Most Able Students



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Academic Literacy and Numeracy