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Continual Professional Development

Action Learning  

We have a team of five Action Learning facilitators and we work in a range of organisations and settings. For further information please enquire here.

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Christin Birt
Action Learning Facilitator
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Hassina Khan
Action Learning Facilitator
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Jamie Symons
Action Learning Facilitator
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Janeena Sims
Action Learning Facilitator
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Patrice Baldwin
Action Learning Facilitator

What does Action Learning offer?

– Support and challenge from peers
– The opportunity to learn from good practice and develop new ideas and different solutions
– Development of individual listening and diagnostic skills
– Practice and receipt of feedback from peers on their leadership and management skills
– A safe environment to explore strengths and weaknesses
– Insight, through the group process, into the way individuals relate in a small group which, in turn, increases understanding of work relationships
– Problem solving time which gives the opportunity for personal learning and development and insight into how others achieve different solutions
– A group of people who are, for periods of time, mentors for each other

When is Action Learning useful?

– To support organisational development and organisational change
– To face major challenges
– To test out new ways of working
– To map out ways to deal with a new situation
– To create reflection time for learning
– When a job or role is changing

Action learning provides a challenging space for reflective learning and creates potential for individual and organisational development. Where organisations or people are seeking to achieve new directions, participating leaders and managers use action learning to review their established practice and develop more effective ways of working.

Where individuals join cross sector or inter sector sets, they also benefit from the new insights that arise from peers who bring different experience and backgrounds.

Used well, action learning underpins improved delivery, raises morale and links the development of individuals to what works best for their customers, clients and beneficiaries.

We are currently delivering Recover, Recharge, Renew virtual action learning programme to 50 freelancers and employees across the East of England, supported by Arts Council England and partner organisations:
Britten Pears Arts
Cambridge Junction
Creative Arts East
Essex Music
Mercury Theatre
National Centre for Writing
Suffolk Artlink

Feedback from participants:

“It has given me confidence to find my voice as a freelancer and to not be afraid of holding my own space and value”.

“In terms of my leadership of the organisation it is helping me shape decisions about the future and the processes to support that”.

“Sets a perfect tone for our sessions, is a great listener, and always helps us stay on track with the process when needed (and willing to be flexible when she notices we need more freedom). The way the space is held for us and the generosity in what is shared. It always feels like a very safe space and we are guided through the process with a gentle kindness that makes deep sharing very easy”.

Arts, Culture and Creativity: developing your curriculum and enriching teaching and learning

The workshop involves a two hour interactive session looking at six keys areas where arts, culture and creativity can make significant and vital contributions to the whole school curriculum and to teaching and learning:

– Broad and balanced curriculum
– Health and wellbeing
– Social mobility

– Employability and life skills
– Personal development
– School community and parental engagement

100% of participants say ‘they benefited from the training, the content and delivery is high quality, they gained new knowledge and inspiration, increased confidence, and a practical next step plan’

The workshop is based on a model of action learning. Participants consider six key areas, including research and case studies, while relating the learning to their own school/trust setting. Participants will complete the workshop with a clear plan for their own individual next steps.

Workshops are led by:

Christina Birt
Executive Director and Company Director Christina Birt
Lisa Thornton
Associate (Creative Critics Lead Artist) Lisa Thornton

Following the workshop there is an additional option for one-to-one mentoring, to support participants implement their next step.

This programme responds to needs identified by our national focus group of school and trust leaders (2020) in response to the pandemic; and builds on a pilot of this training delivered in partnership with The Mighty Creatives (2021) and training developed for Arts Council England and the National Governors Association (2023).

To find out more or to booking this training please contact us.