The Teaching Partnership are looking to form a number of Communities of Practice where Practice Educators, and those with an interest in practice education, regularly meet up and share best practice, discuss the role and create a supportive community to help enable Practice Education to flourish in the region. To support this, online PE Practice Toolkits and forums will be developed for Practice Educators to collaborate and develop their practice.
Simply put: “Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” – Wenger-Trayner 2015
Our initial thoughts are that given the size of the region, there could be four Communities of Practice established, but we are open to suggestions for this.
To support the setup of each Community of Practice, there is Teaching Partnership funding available and Simon Haworth (UoB) and I will be able to provide support and guidance with this. However, it is important that each Community of Practice develops its own approach and we do not want to be too prescriptive.
We are appealing to Practice Educators within Local Authorities/Trusts and HEIs with dedicated PE roles (such as Designated Practice Educators, Professional Practice Educators. Practice Education course leads) to express an interest in establishing their area’s Community of Practice. This is a great opportunity to make significant changes in PE and forge your own path.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me via email at Mark.Axon@coventry.gov.uk. We are requesting that replies are received by Monday 25th November.