Deprivatisation of practice: Perhaps this should be what Tristram Hunt wants?

I attended the 2nd of 3 sessions on “Shifting Practice” in Enfield today. I arrived and sat with a teacher who I’d shared a table with at the 1st session. He proceeded to inform me that he’d taken an idea I’d mentioned in the previous session, introduced it at a team meeting in his school where it had been adopted with enthusiasm. He then explained that he believed that this had helped with an internal interview and his subsequent appointment to SLT.

Later in the meeting he decided to share this with the whole group. The course leader described this to us as the “deprivatisation* of practice”. I had not heard this term before but have since googled it and found some mention “out there”. It does, however, describe what many of us often find from training – that we gain a huge amount from talking about our experiences and sharing ideas, within and beyond our schools.

I decided to share another idea we use at school, a Peer Observation list, developed by Mark Quinn. We talked about the importance of modelling good practice and school leaders (amongst others) being willing to demonstrate strategies they promote. The idea was received enthusiastically. It would be good to hear about another promotion on the back of it!

*The term was attributed to John West-Barnham. Unsure why the American spelling was given today. I’ve changed it. 


2 thoughts on “Deprivatisation of practice: Perhaps this should be what Tristram Hunt wants?

  1. John West-Burnham talks a lot of sense.
    It can take a lot for a teacher to allow another into their classroom. It can seem like our private domain, where, if we make mistakes, we can make up for them later. In a profession with assessment at the heart, it still feels horrible to be judged. We have to get past that. (Me too!) If we truly want the observation of teaching to be a learning experience (for everyone in the room), we have to create a non-judgemental culture. And, since culture can take time to build, we should at least make a start with a few simple practices. De-privatise that!

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