Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

The Plymouth Secondary Portal moves into an exciting new phase with the pilot of its new community function*. We will be testing the function through the establishment of a Maths Lead community network. Very shortly we will be widening our citywide professional learning communities to other subject areas and theme.  More news to follow about this exciting development and how your school can engage with the community feature will be published soon.

Plymouth Maths Lead Pilot PLC

What is a Professional Learning Community?

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills, the curriculum offer and the academic performance of students.

‘High performing schools help teachers improve instruction by learning from each other.’

How the world’s best performing school systems came out on top (McKinsey 2007)

The Plymouth Secondary Strategy PLCs complement the wider Plymouth Commission and provide opportunities for network ‘thinking’ across and between schools, subject areas or specialisms.

Plymouth Secondary Strategy PLCs provide opportunities to:

  • improve learner outcomes

  • change professional practice and empower practitioners

  • create sustainable change

  • develop system wide leadership capacity

  • have measurable impact.

The Plymouth Secondary Strategy PLCs operate at a local level bringing colleagues within Plymouth Secondary Schools together to create collective capacity for school improvement.

Note:  Functionality and features may change after the pilot phase.