There are 8 characteristics of a PLC that need to be in place for it to be successful. The main focus is on collaboration of all (based around learning), this means open forums where everyone is kept 'in the loop', sharing ideas and learning from each other and having high expectations of themselves and their learners.
Active reflection and input from students needs to be valued. We need to listen to our learners. As a staff we need to be open to change and for this to happen, change needs to be positive and not discouraging.
There need to be mutual trust and support. All staff incl support staff need to feel competent, confident and the drive to succeed. This could be achieved by applying the incredible years strategies to ourselves. For example, more positive than negative. Really build on confidence and growing as a staff. Professional development needs to be appropriate and apply to all staff members. This will optimize the use of PD.
There needs to regular evaluation and reflection on the effectiveness of the PLC. What needs to change? Where to next?
Three ways to determine the effectiveness of a PLC
• It has an impact on pupil learning and social development.
• It has an impact on staff morale and practice, with potential for developing leadership capacity.
• The characteristics are in place and processes are operating smoothly – it is part of ‘the way we