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Event code SCH 24/232 
Event description An Introduction to the 'Spirals of Enquiry' Professional Development tool that supports schools to explore solutions to their priorities and built lasting, transformational change.

his is a half day session on 23.1.24 at the EEC for senior or middle leaders in nursery, primary and special schools.

The aim of the session is to build a culture of continuous improvement across Ealing Learning Partnership schools using the Spirals of Enquiry framework.

In 2022 Peer Enquiry Review (PER) replaced the Peer Review process for primary schools in ELP, to move from a summative, prove model to a formative, improve model. Alongside this triadic model, led by headteachers (often including the wider leadership team), two things became clear; first the need to continue the support and collaboration after the PER day, and secondly, linked to this, to create a process that engaged teachers and middle leaders in continuous improvement.

The Spirals approach offered the flexibility and structure that would work well alongside PER, that could not only support schools looking for a professional learning and development structure, but also be used within networks, such as the SENCo and EY leads networks. Our model is based on the work of Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser, who devised the ‘Spiral of Inquiry’ approach in Canada.

Our previous work with Chris Moyse, to create a professional growth model, with the focus on an improve rather than prove culture, is gaining momentum and popularity in ELP schools. The Spirals model will complement this work by ensuring that teacher agency and collective efficacy are at the heart of professional learning.

At the half day session you will get a Spirals handbook, that sets out the 6 stage approach, alongside the templates, timelines and proformas to support the process. We will share exemplars to help you to build a mental model of how it can trasnform teacher and pupil agency. 
Training objectives  
Target Group Heads of nursery/ children's centres 
Primary school heads 
Speacial school heads 
Key stages
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Subject areas Leadership and management
Target audience EYFS: Heads of children’s centres, EYFS: Leaders / managers in maintained settings, Headteachers
OFSTED areas Quality of education, Leadership and management, Early years education
Professional Standards
Venue Ealing Education Centre, Mansell Road, UB6 9EH map
Admin contact Kate Kasampali (
Event Commissioner Clare Rees (
Course Costs
Standard cost£144.00
Ealing Learning Partnership primary and special school SLA£0.00
Start date Friday 1 March 2024
Times 08:30 - 11:30
Number of sessions 1