Joint Practice Development and Lesson Study

What is Joint Practice Development?

JPD is an approach to professional development that puts collaboration at its core. It focuses on teachers working together in a trusting, democratic environment to improve their own practice and have an impact on pupil progress. It is evidence based, and is the foundation of a self-improving system.

‘Effective professional learning should focus on the needs of the learner first and means working collaboratively to improve pedagogy so those needs are met’ (Harris, 2012)

It is very different to traditional models of CPD and requires teachers to work together over a period of time, building expertise and developing interventions. It aims to innovate through collaboration.

Some recent responses to JPD projects:

‘It works because it comes from us. We have ownership because we have decided on what we are researching and it will be tried and tested by us’ (Year6 Teacher)

‘We often get caught up in our own practice. Working collaboratively is good because we are actually trying things out and are accountable to each other. It makes sense of what we are trying to innovate’ (Secondary English Teacher)

For detailed information on JPD, read the National College publication: paperclipPowerful Professional Learning: a school leader’s guide to Joint Practice Development’


What is Lesson Study?

Lesson Study is a powerful, professional learning approach that dramatically improves learning and teaching and the practice and subject knowledge of teachers. Originating from the Chinese Confucian tradition, Lesson Study has 140 years of history in Japanese schools and is increasingly used in East Asia, the US and Europe.

It not only produces dramatic improvements in pupil achievement and professional learning, but it is also very popular with all who experience it.

Why Lesson Study is powerful professional learning

Classrooms are busy places. Teachers make up to 30% more decisions in their lives than other professionals. Alone in their classroom, a teacher may see only five per cent of pupil interactions. Lesson study helps slow lessons down. You can see much more. You can improve, innovate and transfer practice more effectively.

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